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Raccolto [CD]

Stefano Battaglia Audio CD

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Stefano Battaglia (born 1965 in Milan) first made waves as a classical pianist, playing music from baroque and early music to 20th century composition touring the European festivals in this capacity, before making the transition to music that incorporated improvisation. A strong feeling for structure, a legacy from the ‘classical’ years, continues to inform all his ... Read more in Amazon's Stefano Battaglia Store

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Disc: 1
1. Raccolto
2. Triangolazioni
3. Triosonic I
4. All Is Language
5. Our Circular Song
6. Coro
7. Triosonic II
8. In Front of the Fourth Floor
9. L'Osservanza
Disc: 2
1. Lys
2. Canto I (Dell' Agonia Della Terra)
3. Riconoscenza
4. Reminiscene pour Violin et Piano
5. Pourquoi
6. Li Circo Ungherese
7. VeRitas
8. Velario de Marzo
9. Recitativo in Memoria di Luciano Berio
10. Canto II (Dell' Agonia Dei Cieli)
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The album features two separate trios, both 'Raccolto' groups were formed in 2001, with roots going back much further and each with an entirely different character. `Raccolto' means `harvest', suggesting a cornucopia of inspirations: the two trios overflow with ideas. Battaglia/Maier/Rabbia offers music of a reverent, prayerful lyricism, while the trio with Pifarély focuses on collective playing, timbral exploration, and free dissolved rhythms. Together they give a powerful indication of Stefano Battaglia's musical convictions: "I find it symbolically important that my first ECM album is an improvisations album, free and rigorous at the same time."

Recorded 2003

Personnel: Stefano Battaglia - piano, Dominique Pifarély - violin, Giovanni Maier - double-bass, Michele Rabbia - drums.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A double debut 29 April 2006
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I reviewed a CD by the Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia a few years back, _Atem_ (on Splasc(h)). It was a superb quintet disc, mostly free improvisations but with two rapt, minimalist-influenced (in the sense of "tonality and lots of arpeggios" and "sort of like Bryars") compositions bookending the album. It was like an ECM album in many ways, a thoughtful round-robin approach to improvisation... but a little more exciting and abrasive than most recent ECM albums. So I wasn't surprised to find that ECM had signed him up. In a gesture of confidence, or at least of determination to grab the attention of new listeners, they've given Battaglia a two-CD showcase for his debut. Disc one is an "ECM piano trio" date, though with the Italians Giovanni Maier and Michele Rabbia for the rhythm section it gets away from the famed Nordic cool. Battaglia in the press release remarks on how he likes to think of the piano as a source of textures, in a percussive or orchestral way, and that's very much evident here, though there's a little Paul Bleyish linespinning too. Sometimes the way that Battaglia latches onto a particular pattern or texture of notes gets a little showoffy or simply too static, but in general it works well.

Disc two replaces the bassist with violinist Dominique Pifarely, who was also on _Atem_, & this is much more abrasive stuff--it's all freely improvised, & you're likely to think of classical composers from Bartok to Messiaen to Mompou (there's even an impromptu homage to Berio at one point). I liked this disc a little more than the 1st disc, though it's definitely a disc that will throw listeners looking for an easy ride. Bear with it: it's eminently approachable, & Pifarely's wonderful throughout (& there's no Grappelliish sweetness to his playing: it's often quite buzzy and raw for all its elegance).
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5.0 out of 5 stars challenging yet rewarding 20 Aug 2007
By maqroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is no easy stuff. Italian composer Stefano Battaglia is undoubtedly enormously gifted: he works in that blurry area between jazz and avant-garde music, and he manages to obtain the best from both. (See his latest "Re. Pasolini" for something slightly more accessible).
This is a double CD, divided in two parts. CD 1 is a "traditional" trio thing. Giovanni Maier on bass and Michele Rabbia on percussions follow the leader with great intensity and virtuosity. This is music more easily associated with jazz - although a kind of jazz where melody is often out of sight and dissonances are the rule.
Before you think that this is not meant for you, please take a chance and try to use these compositions as a tool to build up new poetic landscapes, new dreamy territories, new eerie feelings. Emotional and thoughtful, inspiring and brilliant: let the music flow, and you will be caught up into raptures. Among my favourite tunes: "Raccolto", "All Is Language", "Coro".
CD 2 leaves Maier out and let Dominique Pifarély on violin come in. Here everything is arduous and unheard-of. Chamber Music rather than strictly jazz (so to speak). More challenging than disc one, but equally rewarding.
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like Stockhausen 6 Jan 2014
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
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You'll love this album. I don't. Thumbs down. However the Stefano Battaglia Trio has done some really good music. Try The River Anyder. That's a great album.
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