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Federico Albanese is a composer born in Milan,Italy in 1982. His musical versatility is a natural gift that pushes him to explore music in all its facets. Albanese’s compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, pop and psychedelia. He started studying piano and clarinet as a child before becoming fascinated by rock music performing in several bands. Influenced by black music, folk, electronic, modern and contemporary classical music his skills as a composer soon emerged. Released in February 2014, his highly acclaimed debut solo album “The Houseboat and the Moon” has been described as “pure gold” , and “one of the most beautiful modern classical albums of the past years..”
Albanese’s second full length album entitled “The Blue Hour” saw the light of the day on January 15, 2016 and it has been released by the historical record label Berlin Classics in their new series of contemporary classical music called “Neue Meister”. For “The Blue Hour” Federico took inspiration from the brief transitional state between day and night, writing a collection of chamber-music miniatures that withdraw, explore, yet assert their laconic melodies all the more decisively. The emotions to which Albanese has given expression in his thirteen compositions have been articulated with well-considered gestures. Equally well-considered is the choice of instruments that Federico Albanese deploys on ‘The Blue Hour’. Piano and synthesizers are joined by a cello, magnified by over-dubbing and sound effects that culminate into a little chamber orchestra, which swells the acoustics while checking the dominance of a clear solo voice. "The Blue Hour" has been described as “One of the most hauntingly beautiful record you’ll eve hear” ( Drowned in Sound ) or “A magical record” ( Clash ). has been described as “One of the most hauntingly beautiful record you’ll ever hear” ( Drowned in Sound ) or “A magical record” ( Clash ).