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 Ramos Aravelos, 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.