Recorded and mixed by Bruno at Onix II Studio · Barcelona
Art Direction by Ximena Contreras [ad21]
Analog Mastered by Ian Hawgood, Warsaw, Poland
Cover image and inside CD & Sheet Music Book by Larissa Kulik
Score arranged by Chelo Alberti
Graphic design & layout by Nikki Snow #BNBA, Moscow, Russia
Release date: 1st January 2019 by ad21
SHEET MUSIC BOOK
Dreams Of An Elephant
ClarOscuro Solo Piano Version
‘Pianette’ consists of a collection of solo piano compositions inspired by dreams and the bucolic fantasy of mechanical toys, the dolls, the essence of the circus and the puppets.
PrettyInNoise by Jan Platek
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S.B.G by Guerino Giancola
Süddeutsche Zeitung by Max Fellmann
Rockerilla Magazine by Mirco Salvadori
A prettier collection of solo piano pieces than this new set by Bruno Sanfilippo would be hard to imagine. The Barcelona-based pianist and composer wrote, performed, and produced the twelve settings, making Pianette not just a flattering account of his playing ability but his melodically rich writing, too. He drew for inspiration from dreams for the project and, rather more unusually, mechanical toys, dolls, the circus, and puppets. It's a rather incidental point, however, as the material's purely instrumental design means that whatever connection an individual piece has to the theme is circumscribed only by its track title and, less limitingly, mood and character.
While some Sanfilippo releases have augmented his piano with electronic treatments, Pianettepresents his elegant playing in its purest form, and a lovely presentation it is. Most pieces are song-length, most hovering in the three- to four-minute range and only one, “Doll,” nudging past five. Many of the same adjectives applicable to his earlier piano output—delicate, dreamlike, melodious, soothing, graceful, fragile—apply here, too; Pianette is also intimate, so much so that the creak of the instrument's bench is audible at the end of the title track. While a high quality is maintained throughout, some tracks leave a greater mark, among them the lilting “Multicolor” and a stirring solo piano treatment of “ClarOscuro” (a strings-enhanced version of the track appeared on the 2014 album of the same name).
If Sanfilippo's attempting to realize in musical form an inanimate creature's inner world in “Doll,” said world would appear to be one marked by melancholy, even sorrow, given the pensive mood. “Marionette,” by comparison, is less sorrowful than wondrous, so much so that one imagines the puppet in this case taking in the world around it with joy and amazement. Sanfilippo also tries to project himself inside a fellow sentient being for “Dreams of an Elephant,” with the music's subtle hint of liberation suggesting a creature imaging the experience of unrestricted freedom, maybe even flight.