Review of Raffaele Bellafronte Guitars Works by Davide di Ienno, Tactus, 2015
I confess that I like cds with complete guitars works about a specific composers. I like them because they help me a lot to get a wider and a more complete sight about their ideas and creativity. This Guitars Works dedicated to the music of Vasto’s Italian composers Raffaele Bellafronte is really interesting. Bellafronte is a contemporary composer, not very attracted by the noise’s lure, but more interested in melodies and into less apparishent compositional ways that knows how to caress and attract listener’s ear. If there is a fault that we can do to contemporary music, particularly that closely related to Darmstadt’s ideas, it’s his lack of communication skills, linked to a lack of emotional empathy-brain type. Almost as if a desire for research led to the creation of prototypes and an absolute desire for perfect brainy musical archetypes had removed almost every kind of humanity by the music, segregating away from its commingling popular origins, kind of icy purest abstraction products.
But music is (also) humanity, warmth, emotion, we are social beings, not just brains and we need melodies, empathy, heat. I think in the end this is the sense of the music on this CD. Not the desire for music to frantic search for a new border, or a desire to impress or even worse to shock the listener in order to look for any possible reaction. It identifies a path in the music of this composer, who is not a guitar player, but who knew how to make good use of its expressive potential. I think we have to thank for this the interpreters of this CD, expecially guitarist Davide Di Ienno that, flanked by excellent Filippo Lattanzi at the marimba (in Malukka Dance), Patrick De Ritis (bassoon) in Suite nro 1 for bassoon and guitar, the flute of Aldo Ferrantini for The way of my senses and Quartetto Guadagnini in For Five. Davide Di Ienno is a young Italian guitarist born in 1991, and he plays solo for Rapsodia Metropolitana, which opens the disc, and lively Tarantella, which closes it. Another thing that strikes you is the excellent sound balance of the CD, the recording is excellent, all the instrumets are well balanced and the guitar expresses a cool sound balance that enhances the traditional quality without exceeding in that “mawkish tone” that too often it’s exchanged by sound engineers like the real classic guitar tone. My congratulations therefore to Francesco Apolloni. Nice job!