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Paisiello: Piano Concertos No 1, 3 & 5 / Nicolosi, Piovano, Campania CO


Release Date: 09/29/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572065   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi
Conductor:  Luigi Piovano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campania Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Utterly charming.

What a find this is: keyboard concertos to rival those of Mozart in delight and charm.

Giovanni Paisiello was a prolific composer of operas - over eighty of them - and his work rivalled that of Mozart. Born in Taranto, Paisiello studied with Jesuits before moving to Naples for advanced studies. He composed operas for venues all over Italy including Parma, Modena, Bologna, Venice, Rome and Naples. He was recommended to the Russian court at St Petersburg in the days of Catherine II. In addition to his operatic works,
Read more he wrote music in other genres including orchestral works. There are eight keyboard concertos.

Paisiello’s First Piano Concerto, the most substantial of the three recorded here, was written for harpsichord between 1780 and 1783 during the composer’s years in St Petersburg. It is dedicated to Her Excellency, Signora de Sinnavine, a Lady-in-Waiting to the Russian Empress. This dainty, feminine, concerto has great charm. A light-fingered Nicolosi deftly realizes its gentle playfulness, poignancy and delicacy especially in the delightful, lyrical Larghetto. The piano part is deftly balanced and sensitively supported by Piovano’s ensemble, the strings mildly yearning, and woodwinds singing plaintively.

The Piano Concerto No. 3’s opening Allegro is animated, sunny and good humoured. It is, at times, a little reminiscent of the cries of farmyard birds - pre-echoing Respighi’s The Birds. The pace slows for the central Largo which persists in A major thus minimising melancholy. There is a graciously, demure melodic cadenza that is echoed in stately fashion by the strings. The Minuetto closes this little concerto with wit and charm. Equally brief and no less appealing is the Fifth Piano Concerto. This is scored for keyboard, two horns and strings. The first movement’s piano part sparkles; it’s decorations exquisite and its runs and arpeggios sunny. Another poignant Largo forms the tiny central movement. Nicolosi endows the whole with beguiling grace and refinement.

Paisiello’s Second and Fourth Concertos have been recorded on Naxos 8.557031.

This CD maybe short measure in its 50 minutes running time, but it is utterly charming.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Keyboard no 1 in C major by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Conductor:  Luigi Piovano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campania Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1781-1783; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Length: 24 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Keyboard no 3 in A major by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Conductor:  Luigi Piovano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campania Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1788; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Keyboard no 5 in D major by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Conductor:  Luigi Piovano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campania Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1788; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major: III. Rondo: Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in A major: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in A major: II. Largo
Piano Concerto No. 3 in A major: III. Minuetto: Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major: II. Largo
Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major: III. Allegro

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