CRISTIAN CARRARA (b.1977): Destinazione del sangue for Piano, Cello and Orchestra, Icone for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05M091
Reference: STR 33843
Description: About a decade ago we offered a couple of appealing discs of music by cellist-composer Giovanni Sollima, and if you enjoyed those you will certainly warm to Carrara's warmly tonal, consonant idiom. The music is atmospheric and unabashedly emotional, with long-breathed tender melodies, lushly harmonised, in slow movements, and pulsing ostinato-driven quasi-minimalism propelling the faster sections. Music as instantly appealing and accessible as this can run the risk of descending into nature-documentary or new-age soundtrack cliché, but Carrara's craftsmanship is sufficient to keep it a convincing distance from such a fate, conjuring instead a sound-world of nostalgic neo-romanticism, untroubled by the thornier developments of 20th-century music, but not without emotional depth and drama, on is own terms. Pasquale Iannone (piano), Nicola Fiorino (cello), Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti; Flavio Emilio Scogna.