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ESPOSITO, Roberto b. 1984

PIANO CONCERTO ‘FANTASTICO’


  • Roberto Esposito, piano
  • Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra
  • Michele D'Elia, electronics
  • Eliseo Castrignanò

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

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.
Budapest Scoring combines centuries of musical heritage with modern state-of-the-art analogue and digital recording equipment. In the 1980s, film studios began looking to locations outside of the US and the UK to record the highest quality film music within their shrinking budgets and turned to Budapest. Becoming the first and one of the best-loved destinations for film scoring sessions, Budapest has hosted Jerry Goldsmith, Michel Legrand, Alan Menken, Ennio Morricone and others who flew to Hungary to record music for movies such as Rambo, A Christmas Carol, Lionheart, Extreme Prejudice and Rent-a-Cop.

Michele D’Elia is an electronic experimental pop music composer and sound designer. He started making music at the age of six on the drums. He finished his studies in electronic music in Milan at the ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Conservatory. In recent years his music has been streamed and released by MTV and Warner Music Italy and he has worked and performed as a DJ for companies such as MSC, IKEA and Ceres.

The conductor Eliseo Castrignanò was born in Lecce. He studied at I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, attended masterclasses at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole, and continued his education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in courses led by Markus Lehtinen and Jorma Panula. He received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Umberto Giordano Conservatory, Foggia.

Castrignanò conducts a wide repertoire of orchestral works and opera from the Baroque to contemporary (including the Italian première of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 2) and has worked as a guest conductor with many orchestras across Italy, in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Athens.

Artists he has collaborated with include Roberto Cappello, Benedetto Lupo, Beatrice Rana, Paata Burchuladze, Salvatore Cordella, Raúl Giménez, Gregory Kunde, Bruno Praticò and Katia Ricciarelli. He is currently music director of the Orpheo Ensemble in Salento.