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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Month - Pianiste Maestro - 4 étoiles Classica
Among the hundreds or thousands of recordings of Gershwin favorites on the market, it's difficult to stand out. But this big-budget European release manages to do it. Even if it's not uniformly successful, there's a feeling of appreciation for Gershwin's music here that has merit on its own. Instead of trying to blend the classical and jazz elements in Gershwin, conductor Riccardo Chailly takes the novel approach of pushing each of them to extremes and, in various ways, keeping them separate. He generally -- most noticeably in the Piano Concerto in F -- scales back the freedom of tempo that's usual in Gershwin. Working with not just an established European orchestra but the granddaddy of them all, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Chailly, seems to generate rapport with the musicians, perhaps because they're not forced to move too far out of their rhythmic comfort zone. Yet these aren't carefully controlled, non-jazzy readings of the sort one sometimes hears from Europe, and, for that matter, the U.S. For all Gershwin's jazz roots, the Rhapsody in Blue has not commonly been recorded by jazz pianists in its original form (although they've certainly used the work as a stimulus to further creative activity). The presence of Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani, joining Gewandhaus members in the 1924 "jazz band" scoring of the work by Ferde Grofé, results in an excellent, sparse reading of the score that reveals its small details and is intelligently enhanced by a modest amount of improvisation (justifiable in that Gershwin didn't write the piano part down, as he played it, until after the first performance). The Piano Concerto in F also receives a crisp, astringent but crystal-clear interpretation, and Bollani has improvisatory fun with the early Gershwin/Will Donaldson rag Rialto Ripples. On the symphonic suite Catfish Row, drawn on Porgy and Bess, Bollani does not play the orchestral piano part; the reading is all Chailly's, and it lurches oddly between fixed tempos and a bit of swing added to the rhythms; the naturalness of Gershwin's melodies goes missing. On balance, Gershwin fans will want this recording for the fresh Rhapsody in Blue alone. © TiVo
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Jazz - Released May 25, 2018 | Alobar

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - L'album du mois JAZZ NEWS
In 2008, Stefano Bollani declared his love for Brazilian music with the album Carioca. Ten years later, he is continuing the romance, this time with his own compositions. Alongside the Milianese pianist, we have great representatives of Brazilian music, such as Jorge Hedler on the double bass, Jurim Moreira on the drums, Armando Marçal and Thiago da Serrinha on percussion. And finally, the big-name guests, Caetano Veloso, João Bosco, Jaques Morelenbaum and Hamilton de Holanda. In short, it is a mouthwatering cast-list, making for some equally delicious music. What's particularly magical is the way that Bollani manages the gap between his native boot and faraway Brazil. Throughout Que Bom, he creates, alongside his collaborators, a meaningful original, with all the charms of a music whose subtle roots lie owe as much to Veloso, as to a nostalgia-tinged Nino Rota. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released August 25, 2006 | ECM

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released August 22, 2014 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 23, 2013 | ECM

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Jazz - Released April 3, 2020 | Alobar

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Latin - Released November 27, 2020 | Alobar

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Contemporary Jazz - Released August 29, 2006 | Stunt Records

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Jazz - Released August 12, 2019 | Alobar

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Label Bleu

4 stars out of 5 - "[P]layful, cerebral and virtuosic in equal measure..." © TiVo
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Jazz - Released March 16, 2019 | Alobar

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2001 | Label Bleu

First album of the six that Stefano Bollani recorded for the French record company Label bleu, it borrows its title from the work of Raymond Queneau 'Les fleurs bleues' (1965 © Ed. Gallimard) in tribute to one of the pianist's favorite writers whose he takes up the poem If you imagine. Next to creations, the selected compositions are eclectic — like Dans mon île (Henri Salvador) and Chippie (Ornette Coleman). For half of the album, Scott Colley (double bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) weave a significant but sober rhythmic canvas, ideal for expressing not only Bollani's stature as composer but also as pianist, with a technical and tonic playing not without humor.
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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2005 | Label Bleu

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Contemporary Jazz - Released August 29, 2006 | Stunt Records

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Jazz - Released August 23, 2013 | ECM

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Jazz - Released October 7, 2006 | Alobar

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Classical - Released March 26, 2021 | Alobar

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Jazz - Released June 11, 1999 | Alobar

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Label Bleu

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Jazz - Released February 8, 2008 | Alobar

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