Cul-de-Sac (Philosophy Festival 2019)
Frederik Croene searches for the dead ends of the piano in a repetitive rollercoaster of motifs and rhythms.
When is a simple musical motif overdone?
When does the romantic sigh become meaningless?
At what point does virtuosity stop leading anywhere?
What is the piano reaches its limits, has too little keys?
Pianist and composer Frederik Croene's new solo album Cul-de-Sac looks for the dead ends of the piano and the neoclassical genre. Being confronted with these deadlocks, and lingering in them, is Croene's strategy to prepare for future realities as a pianist. This leads to intense piano music where sparkling virtuosity and melodious Weltschmerz turn into despair and physical exhaustion. Cul-de-Sac is released this April on Cortizona.