The inside of the back cover says "Instructions for use:
Play it loud with lights off".
Unlike CONTRAPPUNTO's two previous albums,
the instrumental "Elegie d'Inverno" was released
under the name of CONTRAPPUNTO PROJECT.
This album is more akin to modern chamber music
or classical-jazz fusion (plus a nod to
TANGERINE DREAM on several occasions).
The artist used acoustic instruments (piano, celeste,
flute, clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, French horn,
xylophone, bandoneon. you get the picture) with some
occasional backing from synthesizer, electric piano and
other keyboards. Andrea Cavallo is the composer of all
the pieces and also played many of the instruments.
The music is pleasant.
The sleeve notes mention Gershwin and Piazzolla
specifically with respect only to the track 'Vivaci Acrobazie',
and indeed in that track there is a snippet of bandoneon
plus a few bars almost straight out of Summertime from
Porgy & Bess, but that's about as far as the similarity goes.
released April 16, 2004
piano, electric piano, celeste, synthesizers and other keyboards, xylophone, marimba and other percussion, violin synthesizer