CD REVIEW: Bruno Bavota - Il Pozzo d'Amor
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Bruno Bavota
CD: I1 Pozzo d’Amour
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Modern classical, Neo-classical, Contemporary
Ludovico Einaudi, Olafur Arnalds,
Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran
Weakness: More Conservative Instrumentation touches
Classical Italian composer Bruno Bavota released his 12 CD collection entitled I1 Pozzo d'Amor in 2010. Bavota is not stranger to the music industry. His music was featured on soundtrack for American film "Power of Purpose" What’s more her was the winner, with the band "Adailysong", of the "Eccellenza Napoletana" award, and wrote the original song "Il Bacio" (The Kiss) for the short film "Uno Come in Terza Fila" (Third Row As One) by director Stefano Cortellessa - http://vimeo.com/26193401
The CD gently takes to flight with “La danza delle stelle" a soothing intro piece with solitary piano, possessing much in the way of dynamics and heartfelt passion. I especially like how this piece flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition across the ears. Track 2 “La luce nel cuore” shifts gears a bit with methodical intro, lending itself to a tranquil melody that sucks you in with its hypnotic rhythm and mesmerizing musical flow. Track 3 “L'abbraccio” serves up a more striking movement with the same impressive piano virtuoso nonetheless with advanced note syncopation and brilliant playing that will surely to make your head spin. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 amazing pieces in a row. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Ludovico Einaudi, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran. Right from the start you will notice Bavota feels quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. The overall musical vibe has a nice peaceful and tranquil feel to it. The piano playing is defiantly Modern Classical with a splash of Neo-Classical and Contemporary Classical elements thrown in. Despite the singular musical element it’s quite amazing how versatile the music really is. No doubt more work is required form a musician to fill this sonic space all by himself thus keeping the attention span of the listener all by himself. Brilliant artists can rise to this challenge, and I give Bavota high marks for taking this on and pulling it off flawlessly. The musicianship is clearly first rate as he pushes the natural accents extremely well. Many forget the piano is a percussion instrument. Having said that the touch Navota has with respect to musical peak and valley and his overall finesse/passion goes beyond typical pigeonholing. The songs themselves are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From striking "Al di lŕ dei sogni" to passionate "Bagliore" to tranquil "Il rumore delle stelle cadent"i to heartfelt "Il pozzo d'amor" this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Tempesta” the perfect finale statement to this catalogue.
I wish I heard a tad more with respect to instrumentation. Conservative touches of Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Strings, Harp, Flute even Sonic Vocal elements would take the edge off this issue quite nicely. This can be don without compromising the overall Classical Foundation of the work.
I1 Pozzo d’Amour by Bruno Bavota is a brilliant collection of music. Song for song, note for note its an amazing collection of music. This CD is perfect for Bed and Breakfasts, Art Dealers and Boutique owners everywhere. Above all this catalogue will work best on those days you want a solitary musical statement to fill your sonic space. It’s strong suit – the consistency and passion of of Bruno Bavota as he clearly knows how to fill the space with peaceful tranquility and amazing playing virtuoso.