Fremito Naturale by Donato D’Antonio and Vanni Montanari, Faredollars music, 2007

 

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This CD is a tribute to sculptor ceramist Carlo Zauli to coincide with the Japanese celebrations held by the museum in Faenza to him dedicated. The musicians involved, Donato D’Antonio on guitar and Vanni Montanari on flute move themselves easly on musical lands characterised by a special and contemporary breathing. The first piece performed is the well known Toward the Sea by Toru Takemitsu, performed the first time by Robert Aitken and Leo Brower in Toronto in 1981. The piece consists of three movements: the first called The Night with long notes played by the flute in contrast to the hum of the guitar evokes the lapping of the waves overtaken by a morning breeze, while listening to Moby Dick, the second movement, it is easy to imagine the great Melville’s white whale while swimming in the depths and with Cape Cod it happens to dream the beacon that illuminates the Atlantic waters off the coast of New England. Following five pieces for five contemporary Italian composers. Candido Abbandono by Marco Biscarini sounds like an elegiac medley of Over the Rainbow and Moonriver, Dialogue by Paul Geminiani honoris the title, via a tight interplay between guitar and flute, Gian Paolo Luppi, however, uses the two instruments (including an ottavino and the bass flute) for a symbolic search for Carlo Zauli, “floating” between his hands, symbolic Colonne, Sensualità, Vasi and Forme. The record ends with Perché canta così lontano il vento by Giuseppe Cangini, the longest piece of the disc and the almost minimalist Ameublement by Daniele Furla. Overall a good album, well executed and well interpreted, ideal soundtrack for a quiet winter day. One more star for the beautiful packaging that houses the record with its white and minimal form is more than just a wrapper.

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