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ESPOSITO, Roberto b. 1984

PIANO CONCERTO ‘FANTASTICO’


  • Roberto Esposito, piano

Roberto Esposito’s Piano Concerto No. 1, ‘Fantastico’ and his Piano Sonata No. 1 stem from his desire as a pianist and composer to engage with the major musical structures of 19th- and 20th-century Classical and Romantic music. While drawing inspiration from the great composers of the past, in these two works he injects classical form with the musical idioms closest to his heart—those of jazz and the folk music of both his native southern Italy and the Mediterranean.

Tracklist

 
Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 8, "Fantastico" (2016) (00:26:45 )
1
I. Moderato * (00:10:25)
2
II. Adagio ironico * (00:09:17)
3
III. Presto * (00:07:03)
 
Piano Sonata No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 10 (2017) (00:24:56 )
4
I. Inquieto * (00:11:35)
5
II. Ballad * (00:07:27)
6
III. Bàrbaro * (00:05:56)
7
Indigo Mirage (2015) * (00:04:38)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:21

The Artist(s)

Roberto Esposito In 2014 Esposito released his debut album, ‘The Decades’, a collection of ten solo piano tracks which combine inspiration drawn from the folk music of southern Italy (dances such as the pizzica and taranta, for example) with an improvisatory jazz idiom, often framed in forms borrowed from the classical world (impromptus, études, fantasias, rhapsodies). Over the following months he performed the repertoire from the album on tour in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the US and the Caribbean. In 2016 he performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival. Esposito has also performed in concert with artists such as Philip Glass, Fabrizio Bosso, among others.

The Composer(s)

Roberto Esposito In 2014 Esposito released his debut album, ‘The Decades’, a collection of ten solo piano tracks which combine inspiration drawn from the folk music of southern Italy (dances such as the pizzica and taranta, for example) with an improvisatory jazz idiom, often framed in forms borrowed from the classical world (impromptus, études, fantasias, rhapsodies). Over the following months he performed the repertoire from the album on tour in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the US and the Caribbean. In 2016 he performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival. Esposito has also performed in concert with artists such as Philip Glass, Fabrizio Bosso, among others.

Reviews

“Makes for compelling and unexpected listening, and the works are most enjoyable.” – Records International

“Esposito has more surprises in store for us, swinging out when you least expect it and continually switching gears.” – The Art Music Lounge