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Peter Seabourne: Steps Vol. 5, 16 Scenes Before a Crucifixion

Alessandro Viale

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Steps, Vol. 5, 16 Scenes Before a Crucifixion  
1
I. Numb, Tolling, Distant
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
6:20
2
II. Driving, Relentless
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:16
3
III. Gentle, Berceuse-like
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:01
4
IV. Flightly, Enigmatic, Delicate, Fragile
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:57
5
V. Grave, Ominous
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:50
6
VI. Dancing, Hesitant
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:01
7
VII. Mesto, semplice, cantabile
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:20
8
VIII. Troubled, Rhapsodic
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:13
9
IX. Vicious, Brutal
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:04
10
X. Lento semplice
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:17
11
XI. Lightly Dancing but Demonic
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:24
12
XII. Meandering, Lamenting, Increasingly Crushing
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:50
13
XIII. Slightly Hurried, Uneasy
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
2:02
14
XIV. Subdued, Murmuring
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:32
15
XV. Violent
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
3:04
16
XVI. Very Still, Spacious, Questioning
Peter Seabourne; Alessandro Viale
6:31
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    53:42
“The fifth volume, Sixteen Scenes Before a Crucifixion (2014), is less a collection than a linear meditation on the Passiontide canvases by Caravaggio, as translated into music Seabourne has described as ‘overwhelmingly pessimistic and bleak.’”
- Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone

This release sees Italian pianist Alessandro Viale tackle British composer Peter Seabourne's 16 Scenes Before a Crucifixion. A sombre collection of movements for solo piano, the cycle is the fifth piece in an ongoing series titled Steps and was inspired by universal themes of suffering through the Passion paintings of the Renaissance artist Caravaggio.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Sheva Contemporary Studio Masters

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