(New Album Review) Gianluca Piacenza- Dream

Gianluca Piacenza is a classically trained pianist from Italy who just recently self-released his debut, Dream. This assured debut was created with acoustic piano, digital and analog processing, and electronic textures from synths and field recordings. Though Piacenza’s pieces do show the influence of figures like Nils Frahm and Max Richter in their use of repetition, they diverge from the work of other modern minimalist composers in that they focus more on melody in a wandering, impressionist manner. Moreover, Piacenza’s incorporation of electronics is mostly meant to make a delicate, soft-tone backdrop, as though this is intended to be the faint echo of the lead voice– in a way, Piacenza has more in common with Ryuichi Sakamoto than Nils Frahm. This one comes highly recommended to all fans of modern classical music.

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