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GIULIO FAGIOLINI

'DIETRO A UN VETRO'

Date: 15/09/17 Format: 500 x CD Total Duration: 26:29 Genre: Solo Piano / Studio Ghibli-style Wonderment

WORDS

There’s always two paths I take when writing these press releases: blunt and most likely quite emotive, or pretty down the line and to the point. Whilst I could go with the latter, I just feel that maybe the debut album by Giulio Fagiolini just means too much and simply sitting here and describing an album in clinical fashion would do it a great disservice. 

There are far too many piano albums doing the rounds these days. There: blunt. We try to listen to every demo that comes in to the label, and in the past few years probably fifty percent of these are solo piano albums. We’ve released ONE dedicated solo piano record in all that time, and that was with another Italian artist way back in 2013; the ever so talented (and now rather revered) Stefano Guzzetti. 

Now, I’m aware this might offend some people but quite simply, most modern piano ‘music’ leaves me (personally) a bit cold and detached. I generally feel there is a huge lack of soul in the music, and sorry to say, but I feel that most of the time it is done for streaming purposes only. The word ‘piano’ is added to every album name just to gain more plays in streaming services. Really, this is how it is and it is so sad and soulless. 

The day Giulio sent in his handful of short piano sketches, I had spent a whole day engineering some noise artists and was in need of something with a bit of calm. Within the first minute I was thrown back into my life in Japan. Yet another old reference really, but it just felt so innocent, clean, pure, and wistful. And I had an instant reference point: Joe Hisaishi.

For those that don’t know, Joe Hisaishi is the composer for almost all of the Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli films. The music is so simple, so direct, and just so childlike, it imbues the films with a certain old-world (or at least, not of this modern world anyway) innocence. The line between sickly-sweet and this is very fine indeed, but Joe Hisaishi always matches the mood and gets just the right amount of innocence in such a beautifully restrained way.

To say the music of Giulio Fagiolini strongly left me with the same feeling as Hisaishi-san’s music, says as much as you need to know hopefully. In an age of innate greediness and willingness to use an instrument or genre of music to soullessly pilfer, this album is really incredibly refreshing. So simple, pure, direct, and innocent. The power of music to remind one that there is something so pure, despite all the grime, is a bit of a revelation really.

Thank you.

CREDITS

All songs written, performed and produced by Giulio Fagiolini 
Recorded at Jackf Studio (Leghorn, IT) 
Mastered by Ian Hawgood at Mokoshi 
Album artwork by Luca Passerotti 

'Suprema' is a reworking of ‘Suprema’ originally written by Umberto Maria Giardini

 

LINK
www.giuliofagiolinimusic.com 

PRESS

'Fagiolini’s music is deeply soulful and tender, understanding of itself and its place in the world. All in all, it makes for a compassionate record, and that’s sure in short supply. The slow and scented melodies don’t crave the limelight, nor do they have underlying motives. They just want to be.' James Catchpole (Fluid Radio)

'The music Giulio makes is richly melodic and very affecting.' Norman Records

'L’album Dietro a un vetro del pianista e compositore Giulio Fagiolini è come un quadro impressionista, presenta delle “impressioni” tradotte in musica, con un equilibrio che culla l’ascoltatore senza sforzo, un po’ come nei brani melanconici di Yann Tiersen.' Blog della Musica

'Through a minimalist technique and emotional output, Fagiolini weaves a safety web around the listener, blanketing them with a sense of tranquility through music. It is a vivid, evocative body of work and an incredible first album. I can’t wait to hear more from him.' Piano & Coffee

'a collection of fetching piano compositions each delicately waltzing on the thin edge between minimalistic restraint and effusive romanticism. In the increasingly crowded field of solo piano music, if an artist does not distinguish themselves either with dazzling technique or inventive applications of the instrument, they must at least be able to convey a soulful sincerity and purity of emotion along with a solid mastery of melody and mood. It is the latter which flows in seemingly effortless fashion through Fagiolini’s hands and permeates this beautiful record.' Stationary Travels

'“Dietro a un vetro” is quite a stunning record especially as debut’s go. There is a great range of material and the fact that Giulio shows great restraint in his playing shows that he is in total control. The field of Modern Classical solo piano is one that is full to the brim, but Giulio easily adds to the field without it being simply ‘another piano album’. Totally recommended.' Drifting, Almost Falling

'Dietro a un vetro è la storia della musica, la mappa delle sensazioni che si possono godere attraverso i nostri padiglioni auricolari. Giulio e il suo pianoforte, nient’altro, se non un talento smisurato che gli permette di trovare sempre il codice giusto, la maniera adeguata di rendere l’atmosfera che vuole, di portarci in un sogno attraverso melodie semplici, belle quanto antiche e nuove al contempo.' IYE Zine

'Gracieuses, oniriques et évocatrices, bien que peut-être un peu trop appliquées dans leur mise en place, les compositions de l’Italien s’accommodent assurément à merveille de leur aspect dépouillé (seul le piano intervient, aucun invité, ni producteur n’a participé à l’enregistrement), conférant un caractère très direct et immédiat aux titres, nous parvenant sans aucun filtre.' Etherreal

'...a sparkling example of how wondrous a solo piano can be. The spaces between the notes are full of intent, the playing light and assured, the melodies fresh but somehow familiar, I have played this countless times now and each time I am wrapped up in its charms.' Music Always Gives Me A Lift Blog

'La profondità di questa musica sembra non aver rivali al giorno d'oggi, evocando un fascino minimalista ed antico ben distante da strombazzate figure mainstream (Giovanni Allevi docet). È un lavoro che parla direttamente all'anima attraverso corde sensibili.' Internet Bookshop Italia

'Immergersi nell’ascolto di “Dietro a un vetro” può essere un’esperienza di pacificazione sorprendente, ma anche di palpitante intensità: come il titolo del lavoro ben esemplifica, non ci sono artifici né filtri nella limpidezza espressiva di Fagiolini, ma soltanto la disarmante schiettezza veicolata da una sequenza di linee armoniche la cui forza risiede appunto nella loro stessa semplicità. È la stessa dote, di gran lunga trascendente il solo dato tecnico, che ha reso straordinari album come “An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death” di Eluvium o – per restare in Italia e sulla stessa etichetta – “At Home – Piano Book (Volume One)” di Stefano Guzzetti; la dote di un artista che si siede di fronte al proprio strumento, liberando sui suoi tasti sensazioni catturate al volo, fedelmente restituite in forma di composizioni.' Music Won't Save You

'気品のある美しさと感傷的な切なさのあるメロディが、もの静かに優しくつま弾かれる、デリケートで儚いピアノ・ソロ〜ポスト・クラシカル・サウンド。落ち着いた緩やかなトーンでじんわりと染み渡る、シンプルにピュアな輝きのあるサウンドを聴かせているピアノ作品です。' Linus Records

'叙情的で起伏に富んだぬくもりのあるメロディーが本当に美しいソロ・ピアノ作品です!ジョージ・ウィンストンの超名盤『Autumn』に匹敵するような素晴らしさ!!' (Album Recommendation of the Week) Lykkelig 

'Emotionally direct and expressive, Giulio Fagiolini’s plays with crystal clarity on the soothing “Dietro a un vetro”. Over the course of the piece the way Giulio Fagiolini explores the nuances of the sound is quite masterful. Striking the right balance between booming sound and subtle hues, the songs are pure poetry. By keeping such an interesting mix in terms of overall execution, the songs shimmer and shine with hope. The way everything comes together feels majestic, as the usage of decay adds to the yearning sentiment woven deep within the album.' Beach Sloth

'In un’epoca di innata avidità e volontà di usare la musica senza ritornale l’energia che può solo il vero talento , “Dietro a un vetro” ha tutti i presupposti per trasformarsi in una melanconica piccola grande vasca nella quale potersi tuffare, ricaricandosi e dalla quale non staccarsi mai.  A maggior ragione nei momenti in cui tutto può assumere un ruolo ed un senso solo se nell’aria va la musica giusta.' All Info

'久石譲の音楽を彷彿とさせるシンプルでぬくもりのあるメロディー。ピュアでイノセントなこのソロ・ピアノ・ アルバムは、ノイズにまみれた世界に静寂と落ち着きを与えてくれます。Dustin O'Halloranからharuka nakamuraのファンにまでオススメできるとても美しい作品。' Nowhere Else

'Un artista dell’ultima ora capace, però, di sedurre con sette brani dal grande respiro, densi di riferimenti tanto personali quanto onirici.' Souterraine

'全編ピアノインストですが、情感たっぷりの夏の終わりの景色を見せてくれます。久石譲にも比較されるその美しすぎるメロディーの数々をご堪能あれ。' Lights and Music

'イタリア人作曲家/ピアニストGiulio Fagioliniのデビュー・アルバム。Home NormalがStefano Guzzettiのすばらしいソロ・ピアノ作『At Home』以来リリースするピアノ・アルバムです。' P*Dis

'Sensazioni bellissime, mentre lo senti ti viene voglia di vivere ancora per potere sentire questo piano che amplifica qualcosa che abbiamo dentro e che dobbiamo cercare fuori, e forse è questo il nostro peccato originale, non poter credere che siamo dei.' Blogarama

'Giulio's calm and short piano sketches may easily take you to Japan; they instantly feel innocent, clean, pure, and wistful.' Brainwashed

 

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