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RAZZI, FAUSTO: Per Piano
5 spacious and dynamic works, minimal - in a Feldmanesque rather than minimalist sense - by the remarkable but seldom heard contemporary Italian composer Fausto Razzi, who works in these pieces with dynamics and harmonics to gripping effect; each sound its own statement - and produced through a mastery of subtle, and often extended, technique. Great credit has to be extended too to the exquisite interpretation and performance by pianist Matteo Ramon Arevalos, whose grasp of detail especially of dynamics is profound. Razzi, now 85 and certainly not a household name spent his professional life in music, first as a pioneer of computer music and then as a specialist in early C17 Italian opera and mannerist vocal music at the same time quietly producing radical pieces like those on this record; his seems to be a musical mind content to plough its own furrow. And these works and this recording too make an important contribution to the contemporary repertoire for piano with a sound as perfect as any sound that is human can achieve.