THE LONGEST NIGHT, the seventh step in the journey leading up to the full release of my latest solo piano album SPRING WILL COME at the beginning of spring on March 21, is available in all digital stores.

Night falls, seemingly never ending, a melody gradually emerges, evoking a light that laboriously appears to us only to fade shortly after.

ANGELS‘ connection to the themes of death and illness left a deep mark on me. In the meantime, the lockdown continued, and the daily bulletins continued with their grisly tally of victims and the sick, a dark kaleidoscope of information confusingly overlapping one another, loosening relations with reality, already weakened by weeks of lockdowns. It was as if everyone was out of breath, literally in hospital wards, and symbolically for those who were stuck at home in what seemed like an eternity. This is the atmosphere of THE LONGEST NIGHT, a song akin, almost a twin, both in themes and in some musical characteristics, to THE WAITING: at first there is like a sunset, represented by drops of sound moving downward from the high register of the instrument; then darkness takes over and everything loses its recognizability, we hear only time passing by with its somewhat indifferent pacing; at times we grasp a certain beauty, in the darkness the images of dreams come to life, and the silence allows us to listen to a world very different from the world of daylight; our gaze then turns to the stars with increasing persistence, and it comforts us to draw with them gradually larger figures while knowing that they are small constructions of meaning that belong to us alone; but it is only a moment, and we remain waiting for the dawn.


I wrote SPRING WILL COME as a journey through the first lockdown of March 2020, when we all felt fear, boredom, and frustration, but also courage, strength, and hope. It was a deep need that pushed me to create this second musical diary, which was vastly different from my previous work RINASCITA. I recorded it using only a piano out of tune, a single microphone, and a single video camera in an unsuitable room filled with the noises of everyday life. My intention was to provide an aural space for listeners to feel safe and connect with their own emotions and thoughts. It serves as a form of meditation and a source of comfort.

After almost three years, the close connection the record had with the terrible events of that period has obviously loosened, but its underlying purpose remains. In today’s world, overwhelmed by social media notifications, headlines, political crises, a changing climate, and a constant sense of impending catastrophe, the temptation to escape from reality has never been stronger. SPRING WILL COME invites us not to do so, to stay awake and in relationship with others, and to practice attentive and patient listening, an essential tool for living a better and more fulfilling life.


The single’s cover for THE LONGEST NIGHT was designed by my Iranian friend Golnar Dashti (Dashi Design Studio): I met her when she was studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Firenze, Italy) taking her first tentative steps toward the development of personal artistic ideas. She is really open-minded and always looking forward to the experience of new perspectives in contemporary visual art. She is one of the founders of La Filharmonie and she already collaborated with me a few years ago on the music video for PICCOLA DANZA, a single from my first album for piano solo. I loved her idea of creating a short video instead of the usual static artwork: it makes the cover a lot more interesting and engaging! What do you think? One last thing: Golnar is a lovely person!!!


Music composed and performed by Paolo Cognetti

Recorded and Mixed by Filippo Rossi and Lawrence Fancelli at Officina Sonora del Bigallo

Mastered by Niccolò Caldini

Digital distribution: Distrokid

Artwork: Dashti Design Studio

Poems: Maria Ester Mastrogiovanni (MEM)

A day at Cicaleto Recording Studio

A year after composing and recording my second solo piano album SPRING WILL COME, I felt the desire to offer a new perspective on the pieces, one that would recover the spontaneity and naturalness that had originally characterized them. So, I decided to spend a day with Francesco Ponticelli at the Cicaleto Recording Studio, a historic eighteenth-century home immersed in the peace and beauty of nature, just minutes from the center of the city of Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany. Inspired by the place and its atmosphere, I recorded all the tracks in a row and without any editing, trying to capture the essence and emotion of a live performance. To further foster the sense of an immersive and engaging experience, I asked Arianna Fiandrini and Mauro Magrini of Visualcam Production to create a video of the entire experience, and today I share with you the seventh excerpt, presenting THE LONGEST NIGHT.


Directed by Arianna Fiandrini

Gimbal: Mauro Magrini

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Cicaleto Recording Studio by Francesco Ponticelli