Raphael Fusco is a talented pianist and composer who defies stylistic boundaries, blessed with the ability to bridge the diverse worlds of contemporary classical and jazz. When most people hear of remixes, they often think of electronic musicians going for a different, super high-energy spin on some pop tracks. However, this project is quite different. Fusco managed to set the bar higher and redefine the concept of a remix by adapting classical compositions by some of the most celebrated composers in history, giving them a completely new spin.
The collection's 18 tracks include remixes on several themes by Handel; other compositions, such as "Nouvelles Pieces de Clavecin," highlight the artist's diverse range. What's really special about Fusco's work is that it can stay true to the timeless spirit of these beautiful compositions while also allowing his personality to shine through in a special way. Each cut has something to offer, and his touch on the piano is dynamic and expressive. He has a stunning control of the intensity of his performances, and he can do it all, from whisper quiet to percussive and lush, allowing the sound to truly take flight. These remixes have a balanced sound which features a solid combination of staying true to the originals and spicing them up in an innovative fashion. The formula is definitely exciting. Fusco has taken the concept of "remixing" and turned it into something that's completely different and innovative.
Ultimately, this is an LP that should be recommended to any fan of classical music, but also to people who like to be more adventurous and experimental with what they are listening to, changing things up a bit, just like Fusco did on this collection of piano tunes. It can be a particularly moving and personal experience when artists pay tribute to their roots, but at the same time are also willing to carry that flame forward and pass it on. Creating adaptations of classical works is actually a good way to keep that music alive and potentially introduce it to a whole new audience of people who might end up discovering a different new world of creative possibilities.
Remixes on a Theme by Händel: I. Largo vivace; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: II. Andante comodo; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: III. Più mosso; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: IV. Tranquillo; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: V. Adagio; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: VI. Andantino; Remixes on a Theme by Händel: VII. Fuga; Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin: I. Tocade; Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin: II. Labyrinthe; Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin: III. Passacaille “La Rêveuse”; Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin: IV. Gavotte en rondeau; Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin: V. Fugue (On the Theme from “30 Rock”); On Solid Ground: I. A Link to the Past; On Solid Ground: II. Daydream; On Solid Ground: III. Chaconne; Three Chorales: I. Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness; Three Chorales: II. Come, Sweet Death; Three Chorales: III. Breathe on Me, Breath of God.
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