It is 3rd volume of the Piano Textures series.
Manuel Del Fresno: Cello on track 5.
Had a listener's only exposure to Bruno Sanfilippo come about through hearing his recent Hypnos recording Urbs, said listener would have identified him as an exceptionally refined sound-sculptor working in the electro-acoustic ambient field. But the classically trained Sanfilippo also issues minimalist piano recordings, of which Piano Textures 3 is a particularly impressive example; it's of course the third in a series (the first issued in 2007 and the second 2009), which can be purchased separately or in a lavish box set as a complete collection.
It's a luscious album of many moods—more often than not melancholy, though not exclusively so—that finds his reverberant piano playing augmented with electronic tinting and outdoors field recordings (bird chirps, water sounds). During the beautifully sad fifth, Sanfilippo adds chamber string textures as complements to the lilting piano patterns. Sometimes such additions aren't necessary, however, as the piano playing would captivate perfectly well on its own without the accompanying sounds. The fourth setting exudes a bright, dance-like air that's Debussy-like, while the seventh pairs strums of the piano's inner strings with cascades that sparkle like rainfall. Sanfilippo's shimmering piano sound suggests that he might regard Harold Budd as a kindred spirit, even if the latter's style (especially on his early ambient classics) is gauzier.
Though Sanfilippo's been recording music for more than two decades, there's nothing jaded about the playing on Piano Textures 3, nothing to suggest that it's merely one more release to add to an ever-growing pile. Instead, Sanfilippo invests the eight untitled pieces with deep feeling, and the listener is often taken aback by the elegance and beauty of the material. There's some hint that the settings are largely rooted in improvisation; if so, the recording impresses even more because its harmonious pieces present themselves as formal compositions of distinct melodic character rather than directionless musings. Textura.org
Piano Textures 3 is lyrical and beautiful. Bruno has such precision, control, and technical mastery of the piano that he's able to focus solely and be one with the music.
John Koch-Northrup owner relaxedmachinery.ning.com
The title leaves no room for surprises. This album is all about piano, and it's #3 in a series. (Those that want all of them may want to check out the box set including all three).
Bruno Sanfilippo , originally from Buenos Aires, but now living in Barcelona, is not exactly a newcomer in this musical area: he graduated the conservatory of Buenos Aires with a degree in musical composition (piano). This third part of Piano Textures follows the first two releases with the same title (2007/2009), but together these three releases are just a small part of his discography.
With the subtly added sound treatments, almost acting like a shadow of the piano sound itself, softly flowing and elegant, these tracks reminisce some of the best work of Harold Budd.
These eight compositions are all very melodious, never 'confronting', yet they indeed present different 'textures'. Compare, for example, tracks V, VI and VII: flowing from a new age-style cinematic theme to the sounds of a prepared piano, via a beautifully minimalistic (almost) one-chord composition with additional field recordings. To conclude: it's a beauty! by Peter Van Cooten | ambientblog.net