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Donizetti: Complete Piano Music / Pietro Spada


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47730   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arts Music has repackaged its world-premiere edition of Donizetti's complete solo piano music as a boxed set. Until this cycle first appeared in the late 1990s, who even knew that Donizetti wrote piano music? Certainly I didn't know that "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'Elisir D'Amore originally was a Larghetto for piano, and a beautiful one at that. The unstoppable melodic tributaries gushing from Donizetti's operatic fountain evidently found their way into his idiomatic keyboard writing (by all accounts, Donizetti was no mean pianist). Yet the air of the theater always makes itself felt, even when Donizetti follows tried and true instrumental models like sonata form in the 10-minute Due motivi del celebre Maestro Fäer messi in Read more suonata, or writes ambitious variation sets (vamps, introductory oom-pahs, tremolos, and the occasional dramatic silence give the opera composer away).

While Pietro Spada's pianism operates within a limited range of dynamics and tone color, his graceful, fluent fingerwork (notwithstanding a few smudged arpeggios here and there) perfectly suits the music's intimate dimensions. I assume Spada is performing on a standard concert grand, although its somewhat nasal "ping" suggests a well-preserved period fortepiano. In sum, piano enthusiasts on the lookout for rare and unusual fare will warm to this repertoire's charm and occasional substance, aided by Spada's knowledgable, informative notes.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Allegro for Piano in F minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
La ricordanza by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Allegro vivace in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Allegro for Piano in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: The "Allegro in C major" selections on tracks 4 and 8 are different pieces. 
5.
Larghetto for Piano in A minor "Una furtiva lagrima" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Presto for Piano in F minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Larghetto for Piano in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8.
Adagio and Allegro for Piano in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Motivi (2) del celebre Maestro Paer by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1989 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Waltz for Piano in C major "The Invitation" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Waltz for Piano in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
Waltz for Piano in A major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13.
Grand Waltz for Piano in A major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14.
Giuseppina by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Sinfonia for Piano no 1 in D major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Capriccio in Sinfonia by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
17.
Sinfonia for Piano no 2 in D major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Sinfonia for Piano no 1 in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19.
La partenza by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
20.
Sinfonia for Piano no 2 in C major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
21.
Sinfonia for Piano in A major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
22.
Fugue for Piano in G minor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
23.
Pastorale for Piano in E major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
24.
Grande Offertorio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
25.
Larghetto, tema e variazioni in E flat major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1819; Bergamo, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
26.
Variations for Piano in G major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
27.
Variations for Piano in E major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Pietro Spada (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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