KARL FIORINI (b.1979): Trio Laina for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Piano Trio, Piano Sonata, 2 Piano Études, In the Midst of Things for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 11X062
Label: Grand Piano
Description: Maltese composer Karl Fiorini is a European without frontiers – the compositions in this album reflect his early detachment from a Mediterranean identity towards a more varied and intense sound world. Trio Lamina features elements of Bartók’s ‘night music’ in its complex sub-sections, whereas Fiorini’s two piano studies, which predate his move to Paris, already exude a Gallic ambience. Influenced by North African folk music, the Piano Trio expands his global reach, and the Piano Sonata, a gritty virtuoso concert piece, shifts geographical influence towards Eastern Europe to powerful effect. Charlene Farrugia (piano), Dimitri Ashkenazi (clarinet), Rebecca Raimondi (violin), Stefan Kropfitsch (cello).