10 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his sprightly, crystalline piano touch, Stefano Bollani interprets music of his native Italy on Mediterraneo, backed by his working trio and a 14-piece chamber ensemble. The arrangements, by Norway’s Geir Lysne, are often rhythmically and harmonically ambitious. There are movie themes by Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone; arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Rossini; and an uptempo jazz waltz reading of the 1968 pop hit “Azzurro.” Guest Vincent Peirani, on accordion, adds unmistakable Italian flavor but also serious improvising chops.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With his sprightly, crystalline piano touch, Stefano Bollani interprets music of his native Italy on Mediterraneo, backed by his working trio and a 14-piece chamber ensemble. The arrangements, by Norway’s Geir Lysne, are often rhythmically and harmonically ambitious. There are movie themes by Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone; arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Rossini; and an uptempo jazz waltz reading of the 1968 pop hit “Azzurro.” Guest Vincent Peirani, on accordion, adds unmistakable Italian flavor but also serious improvising chops.

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