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OLIVIA BELLI - SOL NOVO

Sony Music

  • £13.99

Format: CD
Catalogue No.: 19439901212
Release Date: 08 Oct 2021
Genre: Neo-classical / Post rock / Electronic / Ambient

The stunning new album from acclaimed Italian pianist and composer Olivia Belli. Sol Novo is Olivia Belli’s first album on XXIM Records, following her previous release, River Path, which gained more than 30 million streams in just a few months. ‘Sol Novo’ means ‘New Sun’ or ‘New Day’. It is a reference to ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante (1265-1321), whose 700th anniversary of death is celebrated this year. Citing dawn as her favourite time to compose, Belli is ever encouraged by the sense of calm and positivity that the morning light brings. It is precisely this sense of optimism, of calm self-awareness and thoughtful reflection that is captured and conveyed in her melodic, harmonious compositions for piano, that make up the new album Sol Novo. “I try to capture the metamorphosis of nature in my music, and how the environment makes me feel,” explains Belli. “I practice transcendental meditation and I feel the same peace through that as I get from rural life.” She studied piano to conservatoire level, working her way through the classical repertoire and developing a particular passion for the works of the 20th and 21st century – from Ligeti and Stockhausen to the American experimentalists Cage, Crumb, Reich and Glass. Belli leans towards lyricism; her music tells the stories of small daily miracles rather than epic adventures. ‘My music reflects what I observe every day, finding my place in the world every day. And I hope that’s how it might help other people too – to carry them through the day and to help them find their place in it, where they feel safe.’

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