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Corciolli — Imaginary Brazil
(Azul Music, 2019, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-01-08

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An accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Corciolli (he’s one of those guys with only one name) is probably best known for his film music scores, with over a dozen releases to his credit since his debut, All That Binds Us in 1993. His musical endeavors mine the rich fields of ambient, electronic, world music and orchestral sounds, all of which are here in abundance on his latest release, Imaginary Brazil, a tribute to his homeland. The ten tracks presented provide a rich cross-section of ideas, some more expanded ambient vignettes overflowing with tasty melodic strength, others featuring vocalists, “Arandu Ara” even features lyrics, though for the most part the pieces here are essentially instrumental, with vocals only one of many instruments in the overall mix. Besides composing and arranging all the music herein, Corciolli plays piano and all manner of synthesizers, while a cast of additional musicians play violin, cello, acoustic guitar, and percussion. This is soft and gentle music for the most part, so no drums or other trappings of rock music, the core of the sounds are keyboards and orchestral. Two different female vocalists are featured, Patricia Bastos on the aforementioned “Arandu Ara,” and Rose De Souza on two other cuts “Eyes of the Jaguar” and “Requiem,” both delivered in a more operatic style, the latter a bit over the top in comparison to the rest of the album. There seem to be voices on a few other tracks as well (“Into the Backlands” being one of several), one has to presume they are samples. The production throughout is impeccable, offering just the right amount of presence to each instrument to deliver a powerful result. All taken, Imaginary Brazil delivers a majestic sound that transcends genres.


Filed under: Audio, 2019 releases

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