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Francesco Tristano

on early music

Sony Classical
Release Date: February 4, 2022

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Francesco Tristano @ La Cupula de CCK / ARTLAB - We Must Live
Francesco Tristano @ Movement Torino 2018
1 Toccata  
2 On John Bull's Galliard In D  
3 Fantasy In D – Peter Philips  
4 Serpentina  
5 Let ons met herten reijne – John Bull  
6 On Girolamo Frescobaldi's Quattro correnti  
7 Aria La folia – Girolamo Frescobaldi  
8 Ritornello  
9 On Cristobal de Morales Circumdederunt  
10 Pavan – Orlando Gibbons  
11 Air & Alman – Orlando Gibbons  
12 Italian Ground – Orlando Gibbons  
13 Ground – Orlando Gibbons  
14 Ciacona seconda  
15 Cento partite sopra passacaglie - Giacomo Frescobaldi  
16 Aria for RS  
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Sony Classical shares today the first single, ‘Aria For RS’, from Luxembourg classical and contemporary pianist and composer Francesco Tristano’s upcoming studio album On Early Music. The record is a return to what Tristano calls his first love – early music. “I grew up listening to a lot of early music,” he says. “So it’s always been with me.”

A meditative, peaceful listen full of grace and beauty, ‘Aria For RS’ is one of five original compositions that Tristano wrote for the On Early Music, his third release with Sony Classical which will be out February 4, 2022. Interspersed with these are works by some of early music’s greatest English composers and organists – Orlando Gibbons, John Bull, and Peter Philips – and one of Tristano’s greatest inspirations, Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi. Yet On Early Music is not merely a fitting homage to this repertoire; the works are given a fresh, contemporary twist thanks to Tristano’s production skills, studio mastery, and keen eye for detail.

“I wanted works by English composers, some of whom I’ve played for a long time and love, but I also wanted to continue exploring the repertoire of Frescobaldi,” he says. “He really changed the way composers wrote for keyboards.” Inspired by these greats, and their enduring works, the music he wrote for On Early Music bursts with vitality and spark. ‘Tristano: On Bull Galliard in D’ is a faux-baroque, rhythmic joy, all bright and jaunty. ‘Toccata’ is similarly uplifting, a dizzying dancelike whirlwind full of intricate arpeggios and an insatiable rhythm. “Early music is intensely rhythmical, and I just love the innate groove it has,” he says. “I wanted to reflect that.”

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