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Italian composer Luca Tessadrelli (born 1963) has a strong voice. His Sonata No 4 is is dedicated to a ‘blue angel’, a young girl who appeared to the composer of Pleiadian origin. The musical language is stunningly organic, and Espen is a most persuasive advocate, delineating and tiering the complex textures with ease; the expert recording perfectly captures the power of his playing. The nocturnal second movement is ‘an inner dialogue directed to the mysterious depths inside the human soul’. The Studi Metropolitana paint a portrait of Parma from sunrise to sunset and contain energy as well as peace. Espen’s own works are less consistent. The Piano Sonata has a muscular, virtuoso first movement, and a rather syrupy second before a toccata finale. Unfortunately, the Impressionist Caleidoscopio armonico is diffuse, while the Rondo fantastico is rather tame. Best is the innocent simplicity of the Preludio in canone.

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