Stefano Bollani's "Concerto Azzurro" (2017) and "Concerto Verde" (2019) can be considered works of "classical" composing, in the sense that Bollani has written them for piano and classical orchestra and has, as tradition wants, classically structured them in four movements of distinct character of melody and rhythm, but both compositions are strongly informed by Bollani's very own exhilarating jazz genius and idiom, favouring playful moments of improvisation and freedom that disobey the rules that demand that a pianist shall stick to the rigorously immutable score.
"Concerto Azzurro" [Azure Concerto] was commissioned by visionary Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. Azure is the colour of the fifth chakra, associated with self-expression and communication. "Concerto Verde" [Green Concerto], premiered and recorded with the Sin Fin Orchestra directed by Exequiel Mantega in Buenos Aires in June 2019 for the album El Chakracanta, refers to the colour of the fourth chakra, associated with love.
Both concertos were recorded live in Buenos Aires: "Azzurro" at Centro Cultural Kirchner on 17th June 2018; and "Verde", next to Piazzolla's "Libertango" and Salgán's "Don Agustin Bardi", at Teatro Coliseo on 19th June 2019. With Bollani (piano) and the Orquesta Sin Fin, directed by Exequiel Mantega.
The CD comes in an exquisite 6-side DigiSleeve with an 8-page booklet graphically designed by Italian artist Umberto Giovannini under Valentina Cenni's artistic supervision.
- Don Agustin Bardi
- Concerto Azzurro - Prologue
- Concerto Azzurro - First Movement
- Concerto Azzurro - Second Movement
- Concerto Azzurro - Third Movement
- Concerto Verde - First Movement
- Concerto Verde - Second Movement
- Concerto Verde - Third Movement
- Concerto Verde - Fourth Movement
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