Review of dream: American Music for Electric Guitar di Sergio Sorrentino, Mode Records, 2018
Sergio Sorrentino is a very intelligent person. He is not only a good musician and performer, but also has the great ability to carefully select his choices and always knows how to propose ideas, new and exciting musical paths. This CD is an excellent example. After the excellent work done with the music of Sylvano Bussotti, Sorrentino decided to deal with a new repertoire entirely dedicated to contemporary electric guitar. A really interesting choice that allows us to explore underated repertoires and compositions. The electric guitar in fact has long been a long time entry into the contemporary repertoire: its qualities of versatility, processing and sound management capabilities and the endless combinations offered by the use of effects and electronics make it an interesting tool for the creative minds of different composers. Sorrentino for this CD seems to have focused on a repertoire of mainly American authors, the composers involved here are: John Cage with a superb interpretation of his Dream, David Lang with Warmth for 2 electric guitars, Jack Vess with Alpha Aloha, Eliott Sharp with Mare Undarum, Alvin Curran with Rose of a Beans, Morton Feldman with his most awaited piece, the reconstruction of his lost passage The Possibility of a New York for Electric Guitar, reconstructed after many years after his death by Seth Josel, Christian Wolff with Going West, Larry Polansky with An Unhappy Set of Coincidences, Van Stiefel with Urutora-man and always Christian Wolff with his version of the Morton Feldman’s piece.
It is a repertoire a bit ‘outside of those that are the “classic” paths of the electric guitar, like Elecric Counterpoint by Steve Reich, in favor of less known choices: of 10 tracks, seven are in fact “first recording”, giving ourselves the possibility to listen to a new repertorie. Again, this is a really remarkable work: Sorrentino shows consummate and high artistic skills combined with a true musical maturity, this record does not sound like a compilation, like a simple set of pieces, but it presents an organic sense, a common sound chain, a sort of well-defined musical panorama. Personally I really appreciate this artistic aspect, I like it when an interpreter creates his own path, his musical world, made by the connections that can be obtained from listening to the pieces that he proposes and which he shows to his audience. I believe that Sergio Sorrentino has managed to show us another aspect of contemporary music, an interesting and at the same time lovable, captivating and enjoyable side. High quality sound recording. Really a great job.