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Rossini: Complete Piano Music Vol 2 / Marangoni

Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570766   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alessandro Marangoni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you enjoyed the first volume in this new series (as I did), you will find Volume 2 equally appealing. Alessandro Marangoni doesn't have the impish sense of humor of Paolo Giacometti on Channel Classics, and he's notably slower in just about every piece. But it never seems as though his tempos are dragging, perhaps because his pacing is well-tailored to the larger sound of his Steinway piano (Giacometti plays on a crisper-toned "authentic" instrument). In the gentler numbers, such as Une caresse à ma femme, or the lovely Barcarolle, some listeners might well prefer Marangoni's greater lyrical expansiveness, even as his graceful take on Assez de memento: dansons fails to banish the relative darkness of the preceding Read more Memento homo (let alone evoke a Satie-like humor). Still, he captures the witty program of Un petit train de plaisir, comico-imitatif quite well, while the Valse torturée sounds all the more quirky for being taken seriously. In short, this recital offers a perfectly valid and entertaining alternative viewpoint to Giacometti, and is well recorded besides.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 

Featured Sound Samples

Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": No 2: Prélude baroque
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": No 10: Fausse-couche de polka-mazurka

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