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Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 6 / Paolo Giacometti


Release Date: 12/13/2005 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 22705   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini's operatic renown overshadows the considerable merits of his prolific and shamefully underrated "post-retirement" piano output. These works abound with wit, harmonic sophistication, and virtuoso flair, yet it's puzzling how most pianists ignore them. There are exceptions, of course. Aldo Ciccolini and Dino Ciani made classic Rossini recordings, while three complete cycles are in various states of progress, including front-runner Paolo Giacometti, whose sixth volume mainly features large-scale works.


The longest, Specimen de l'Ancien Régime, sometimes recalls the uncomplicated, entertaining spirit of Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise. If only Giacometti's solid, forthright
Read more performance made more of Rossini's dynamic extremes in the introduction (Frederic Chiu's relatively subjective, poetic playing sings more), or broached the final section with more sparkle and swing in the manner of Ciccolini. On the other hand, Giacometti works himself up over the Prélude Pétulant-Rococo's climaxes, where he takes full sonorous advantage of his 1858 Erard's unusually resonant bass register. Un Espoir's frilly right-hand arabesques dance right off the page, while the concluding Bolero Tartare is elegantly pointed and buoyant in Giacometti's hands, as he easily tosses off its difficult runs and roulades. The close-up yet atmospheric engineering especially comes into its own when playing this hybrid disc with the surround-sound option. [1/5/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 1, Spécimen de l'Ancien Régime by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1857 - 1868). 
2.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 7 "Album de chaumière": no 9, Un cauchemar by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
3.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 7 "Album de chaumière": no 8, Plein chant chinois by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1857 - 1868). 
4.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 7 "Album de chaumière": no 10, Valse boiteuse by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1857 - 1868). 
5.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 7 "Album de chaumière": no 11, Une pensée à Florence by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1857 - 1868). 
6.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 7 "Album de chaumière": no 12, Marche by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1857 - 1868). 
7.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 2, Pétulant-roccoco in G major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 3, Un regret; Un espoir in E major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
9.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 4, Boléro tartare in A minor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 

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