DONA­TONI: ALGO IV; POLL; RE­FRAIN IV; ABOUT; AL; SMALL II; ALGO

Ste­fano Cardi (gui­tar), Freon Ensem­ble Stradi­var­ius STR 33773

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Play­ful and ef­fer­ves­cent are words that con­stantly come to mind to de­scribe this col­lec­tion of late com­po­si­tions by Ital­ian com­poser Franco Dona­toni (1927-2000). The sound of the gui­tar and other plucked in­stru­ments (man­dolin, man­dola, harp­si­chord, harp) runs through­out the disc, some­times in com­bi­na­tion, or cou­pled with char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally light per­cus­sion – ce­lesta, vi­bra­phone, marimba. What keeps this fre­quently off-cen­tre mu­sic fresh is the un­pre­dictabil­ity within its sense of or­ganic pro­lif­er­a­tion. It’s hard to imag­ine that Dona­toni didn’t have a twin­kle in his eye when he com­posed, though the string play­ers of the Freon Ensem­ble con­vey a less im­me­di­ate sense of it than the ensem­ble’s other mu­si­cians. www.uk.hm­bou­tique. com

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