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Rossini: Piano Works Vol 8 / Irmer


Release Date: 07/31/2007 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6181448   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Stefan Irmer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This music requires clean articulation, a light, varied touch, great evenness of figuration, and a sense of fun - Irmer possesses these qualities, along with an excellent technique. 3112070.az_ROSSINI_Piano_Music_Vol.html

ROSSINI Piano Music, Vol. 8: Péchés de Viellesse Stefan Irmer (pn) MDG 618 1448 (80:02)


This is the final volume of Stefan Irmer’s traversal of Read more Rossini’s piano music. It possesses the same virtues I’ve mentioned in several previous reviews, most recently one of volume 7. In describing this music as requiring “clean articulation, a light, varied touch, great evenness of figuration, and a sense of fun,” I concluded: “Irmer possesses these qualities, along with an excellent technique.” Marco Sollini, pursuing his own Rossini series on Chandos, doesn’t come near to equaling Irmer in basic technique, much less anything else, while Paolo Giacometti on Channel Classics gets the spirit right but pushes tempos and misses the music’s feline delicacy and wicked wit. Irmer doesn’t miss them, and he’s in fine form in this album.


The disc itself might as well be called “Invitation to the Dance,” though in this composer’s case, the conception is always edged with irony. Rossini, who had a wickedly mocking sense of humor, loved to disappoint expectations. “Petite pensée” is a slow cancan, a wonderful contradiction in terms, and “Petite polka chinoise”—where “Chinese” was a Rossinian code word for the whole-tone scale—is closer to a march than a polka. (Glinka, who was a friend and admirer of Rossini, used this and similar pieces as the pattern for Chernomor’s March in his fantasy opera, Ruslan and Ludmilla .)


Of the four named waltzes on this album, the “Valse boiteuse” pretty much limps along as expected, while the “Valse lugubre” again is an oddly skipping, relatively slow parody of a waltz. Only the later pages of the “Valse anti-dansante” and the middle section of the “Petite valse du boudoir” come anywhere near the intimate sensuousness with which this dance form was once associated. At the other end of the scale is the “Petite fanfare à quatre mains,” a scintillating Weber-style waltz for four hands in all but name. Rossini’s instructions for the piece note that Monsieur is to play the bass, and Madame the treble; further, “I ask my interpreters to be so kind as to execute my little fanfare with love (of the hands as well as of the knees).” That kind of humor must have gone over very well in his popular salons, though one can imagine what the occasional young non-Parisian visitor, such as the bearish Verdi, thought of it.


The sound is clear and forward. As in previous MDG releases in this series, Irmer provides his own informed liner notes. Praise to the pianist and the company for seeing this through to its delightful conclusion. Definitely recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal


Contents:

Gioachino Rossini:
Musique Anodine, prelude & 6 songs for voice(s) & piano (settings of Mi lagnerò tacendo), QR iv/62 : Prélude (Allegro moderato) 1:46 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Thème naïf et variations idem, for piano in G major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 5), QR xv/11 5:47 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Plein-chant chinois, scherzo for piano in A minor (Péchés de vieillesse, book 7), QR xiv/91 5:08 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Petite polka chinoise, for piano in B minor (Péchés de vieillesse, book 7), QR xiv/25 4:23 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Chansonette, for piano in E flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 9), QR xvi/87 3:28 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Une bagatelle, for piano in E flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 10), QR xviii/29 1:16 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Gymnastique d'écartement, for piano in A flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 7), QR xiv/1 4:45 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Échantillon de blague mélodique sur les noires de la main droite, for piano in G flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 9) 6:31 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Impromptu anodin, for piano in E flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 5), QR xv/48 5:07 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Fausse-couche de polka-mazurka, for piano in A flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 6), QR xvi/38 3:34 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Petite pensée, for piano in E flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 10), QR xviii/25 2:20 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Valse anti-dansante, for piano in F major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 8), QR xvii/60 6:52 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Mélodie candide, for piano in A major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 9), QR xvi/67 4:11 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Valse boîteuse, for piano in D flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 7), QR xiv/126 4:57 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Valse lugubre, for piano in C major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 5), QR xv/41 3:43 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Petite valse de boudoir, for piano in A flat major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 7), QR xiv/35 3:20 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Une réjouissance, for piano in A minor, QR xviii/46 2:28 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Un regret, un espoir, for piano in E major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 8), QR xvii/17 6:40 Performed By : Stefan Irmer

Petite fanfare, for piano, 4 hands (Péchés de vieillesse, book 9) 3:34

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Works on This Recording

1. Péchés de vieillesse: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Stefan Irmer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 

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