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Classical Music Review
Sunset at Noon is Sergio Cervetti's sixth release through Navona Records. A diverse composer, his works range from instrumental and vocal music to electronic compositions, often reflecting his South American, French and Italian heritage...
With Sunset at Noon, Cervetti focuses on keyboard-based compositions for half of the album, with a foray into chamber music on the other half. On 'Ofrenda Para Guyunusa' for Harpsichord, Cervetti delivers a peaceful and slightly meditative piece that very occasionally veers into Bachian territory. Some 'Realms I Owned' is split into three piano movements – the first starts with a lively melodic line before landing on a relentless pedal point while Cervetti solos in a restrained manner; the second is the more contemplative of the three; and the third is a frantic piece featuring rapid arpeggios before settling on a more linear melodic sequence.
'I Can’t Breathe', while based on a wild piano performance, centres around a pulsating rhythm that at times sounds like the fervent keys of a typewriter. 'And The Huddled Masses' is a three-part suite, while 'Sunset At Noon', for violin and viola, as an 18-minute opus that serves as the album’s grounding centrepiece.
As albums go, they don't come much more diverse than this. There's elements of spontaneity and improvisation as well as rigid, conventional compositions. If you're a true lover of modern classical music you'll get a lot out of this album.
The album contains 13 tracks (1 hr, 06 min, 58 sec).
Some Realms I Owned, piano (2010)
01 - I. The art of losing isn’t hard to master
And The Huddled Masses, clarinet quintet (2015)
04 - I. The Tired, the Poor, and the Huddled Masses
07 - Ofrenda Para Guyunusa, harpsichord (2011)
Sunset At Noon, violin and viola (1995)
08 - I. In Memoriam Jon Mensinger
12 - I Can’t Breathe, piano & percussion (2014)
13 - Lux Lucet In Tenebris, a cappella choir (2002)