Stefano Bollani's piano accompanied by the Danish Trio, Vincent Peirani and 14 elements of the Berlin Philharmonic revisit the classic repertoire from Puccini to Monteverdi and Leoncavallo, passing through Rossini and Morricone. An unusual and fascinating tribute to the great Italian musical tradition.
Revisiting in key jazz some masterpieces of the Italian classical repertoire is the idea from which Mediterraneo is born, the new extraordinary album by Stefano Bollani coming out Friday 27 October by ACT.
Mediterraneo is a live, recording of the applauditissimo concert that Stefano Bollani held in the prestigious great hall of Berliner Philamornie on 12 June 2017. To play an unusual high-level music group composed of a jazz matrix represented, as well as from the plan of Bollani and the components of his Danish Trio - Jesper Bodilsen on bass and Morten Lund on drums - from the accordion of Vincent Peirani and fourteen chambers musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra that here do not only follow a cultured sound, but also show refined improvisers. Directed by the Norwegian Geir Lysne, curator of arrangements, which had already collaborated with Bollani in Big Band.
The result is a unique musical occasion, born from an idea of Siggi Loch, patron of the ACT, leader label among the independent of jazz in the world that literally enchanted a packed audience (over 2200 people) and enthusiastic. The new collaboration between Bollani and Peirani, accordionist among the most acclaimed in young french jazz, accentuates the mediterranean touch of the ensemble, especially when it holds the lines of Morricone's known themes.
The great Italian tradition crossed by this long musical journey that transcends gender and age boundaries, shows here all its vitality and modernity and testifies how its pure fullness remains central in feeding different and multiple assets.