Fabrizio Paterlini – Fragments Found

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Glancing at the cover work of Fabrizio Paterlini’s follow-up to Viandanze (the modern classical pianists 2009 release), Fragments Found, you are offered a glimpse into the world Paterlini brings you into. This world has but one piano set in the middle of a spacious room. Sitting at the piano is Paterlini, and you, the listener, is right there beside him. This world Paterlini creates for you has its sombre moments, its joyous moments, and it’s transcendant. All these emotions are presented to you in these fragments Paterlini creates.

Each pianist must have their own signature – my jazz professor taught me this, citing Art Tatum with his distinct runs, Thelonious Monk with his splayed fingers and Keith Jarrett’s colourful right hand. Paterlini’s signature, in my belief, is his tremendous use of space for his notes, allowing each note to linger in one’s mind like a pleasant memory, only to be filled again with sublime sound. In confluence with this airy sound is the wonderful rise and fall in his playing that is almost entrancing beckoning you to stop what you are doing and just Listen.

Fragments described above are a plenty throughout the album, with opener Girasoli e lavanda reaching an enigmatic denouement, Five Thirty Am drifts in with the beauty of the sunrise and Deja Vu creates a deep sense of nostalgia, metaphorically and musically by calling back to an earlier Paterlini piece. The album travels by so quickly and effortlessly, and beckons to be played again.  While the cover displays a lone piano, inviting you in – you can be sure Fabrizio will be sitting there ready to play for you…

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