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Stefano Battaglia Trio
The River of Anyder

Stefano Battaglia piano
Salvatore Maiore double-bass
Roberto Dani drums
 
Minas Tirith
The River of Anyder
Ararat Dance
Return to Bensalem
Nowhere Song
Sham-bha-lah
Bensalem
Anagoor
Ararat Prayer
Anywhere Song

Recorded November 2009

ECM 2151
 
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The pure water of the Anyder River flowered through Sir Thomas Moore’s “Utopia”. Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia celebrates it and other mythical and legendary locations in a trio recording of new compositions which spurn self-conscious modernity: “I pushed myself to write songs and dances uninfluenced by the sophistication of contemporary musical languages, striving to shape pieces that might have been played on archaic instruments a thousand years ago.” If the piano trio is itself a modern institution and the group understanding that what Battaglia, Maiore and Dani share cannot help but be of-the-moment, Battaglia has nonetheless made an album that feels “timeless”.

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