Bruno Sanfilippo creates my kind of modern neoclassical soundscapes and he has really nailed it with his latest album, from the opening bars of the title track – “ClarOscuro” – I knew I was in for a treat. And what a treat “ClarOscuro” is … it is a powerfully cinematic expression … a graceful, elegant, refined expression that doesn’t demand your attention but, most definitely, warrants it. Sanfilippo is a fine pianist. On the tracks where he plays solo piano – such as “absenta” – you are given a master class in expressive dynamics, in mood & temperament. This isn’t just minimalism, it is the less-is-more of an elegant actress who doesn’t need the ’bling’ to show of her beauty. I find Sanfilippo’s solo expression utterly captivating, I am entranced like the moviegoer watching this beautiful actress, I follow Sanfilippo’s music wherever it goes.
“ClarOscuro” isn’t just the solo piano of Bruno Sanfilippo, however. Dotted throughout the album are tracks that combine his exemplary playing with the most luscious strings, tracks like the opener (and title track) “ClarOscuro”, “A constant passion” with it’s deep cello or “It happens on the ship” with it’s swirling, hypnotic strings. “ClarOscuro” by Bruno Sanfilippo is an exceptional album and a real highlight of 2014.
If modern neo-classical soundscapes are your thing, in particular the piano-orientated and cinematic, then you will thoroughly enjoy this album as I have. Recommended.