From the delicate minimalism of a single piano to the aching beauty of a string ensemble to the mysterious studio alchemy of the analog fused with the electronic, here is a selection of some particularly memorable journeys in modern & experimental classical music released in 2017.
A look back at some of the most memorable journeys in music taken this year in modern classical with an emphasis on solo, ensemble, and chamber compositions. From the delicate and intimate to the passionate and exhilarating, this is an exceptionally vibrant and beautiful collection of music. – Click on album titles in the list below for more information
Editors note: Few of the albums presented in these lists fit neatly into a single genre and we would not have it any other way, nor would the artists. The categorizations used here should not distract the reader from the joy of discovery. They are simply a way to organize and present based on my perceptions of compatible listening experiences and I was not above stretching the boundaries and making exceptions to fit in the most music possible. Continue reading
The latest full length album by composer, producer, & sound designer Stefano Guzzetti marks the launch of his new personal imprint, Stella Recordings, and captures music from his previous solo albums, compilation singles, and soundtracks in the setting he prefers to perform live – a four piece ensemble. The group consists of Guzzetti himself on piano and electronics along with Simone Soro on violin, Giulia Dessy on viola, and Gianluca Pischedda on cello.
Ensemble is the studio counterpart to our live set. In response to repeated requests from audience members for a CD we decided to make a straight forward and true recording of our material: no overdubs, the same arrangements, just the four of us playing our parts. Consider it a sort of virtual concert, or a simple memory of what you’ve experienced. – Stefano Guzzetti