Hacked Overtures


“…Good music always reveals itself to listeners as a matter of fact, it seems there from the dawn of time, as if it didn’t need anything else than music itself to exist. And yet, every sound we hear seems new to us, and every composition is new in and of itself. Duo Blanco Sinacori makes such dual nature of music apparent with their “Hacked Overtures”. The two comrades-in-guitar pay homage to Mauro Giuliani, whose works contributed a great deal to define a new role for the guitar in nineteenth-century music, by taking his transcriptions as a starting point to breath new life to revered Opera Overtures by Rossini and Bellini in the light of current guitar vocabulary. As a much welcome side effect, the Duo’s transcriptions also bring nineteenth-century music back to its future, giving them a place in today’s music. Composer Maurizio Pisati helped the Duo reach its goals by composing four interludes specially for this project. Echoing fragments from the Overture to Bellini’s “Il Pirata”, and making use of 21st-century guitar techniques, Pisati’s intermezzos fit for the Duo’s purposes by acting like a computer worm which infects the consistent tonal code of the Overtures but all the while stimulates lateral thinking and further development on music which is never too old to engage today’s and tomorrow’s listeners…”

Antonello Farulli


Gioacchino Rossini • Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Intermezzo I
Vincenzo Bellini • Norma
Intermezzo II
Gioacchino Rossini • L’Italiana in Algeri
Intermezzo III
Vincenzo Bellini • Il Pirata
Intermezzo IV
Gioacchino Rossini • La gazza ladra
Maurizio Pisati • Intermezzo con Pirata


Produced by Gianluca Cangemi & Luca Rinaudo
Recorded and mixed by Luca Rinaudo & Gianluca Cangemi at Zeit Studio, Palermo, Italy
Mastered by Anestis Psaradakos at Athens Mastering Studio, Athens, Greece
Artwork by Antonio Cusimano (3112htm)
Transcriptions for guitar duo (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) by Duo Blanco Sinacori
Alessandro Blanco & Giuseppe Sinacori play twin guitars custom made by Vincenzo Candela