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Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 4 - Quelques Riens Pour Album / Paolo Giacometti


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 18098   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The 24 pieces comprising Rossini's self-deprecatingly titled "Quelques Riens" collection are anything but "little nothings". They're just as witty, original, and crackling with life as the composer's best operatic inspirations, and more harmonically and contrapuntally adventurous at that. Check out the catchy fugal writing in No. 6 that brackets a lovely aria-like sequence, or the Chopinesque No. 4 that resembles the love child of Chopin's E minor Prelude and Liszt's Vallée d'Obermann. Nor does Rossini skimp on the virtuoso fireworks, as you'll hear in No. 14's finger-twisting runs and machete-like accents, No. 18's relentless left-hand repeated chords (Prokofiev would have approved!), or the ironic salon-tinged Read more patterns gracing Nos. 13 and 15.


Rossini's idiom, moreover, is enhanced by the twangy immediacy of Paolo Giacometti's 1837 Erard instrument (splendidly engineered, by the way). The pianist clearly loves and has fun playing these pieces. Sometimes he milks cleverly wrought cadences, turns of phrase, or unexpected silences just a hair longer than necessary, much in the manner that comedian Jay Leno often overstresses his punchlines. But that takes nothing away from my delight in Giacometti's work, to say nothing of this scandalously undervalued repertoire. Recommended.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Allegretto in G minor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
2.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Allegretto moderato in a/A by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
3.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Andantino sostenuto in f#/F# by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
4.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 12, Un rien - Danse sibérienne by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
5.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 11, Un rien - Andantino mosso-Allegretto mosso-primo tempo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
6.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 15, Petite Galette Allemande - Allegro brillante by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
7.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 3, Un rien - Allegro moderato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 5, Un rien - Allegretto moderato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
9.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 16, Douces reminiscences...Carafa by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
10.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 6, Un rien - Andante maestoso-Allegro billante by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
11.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 7, Un rien - Andantino mosso by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
12.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 8, Un rien - Andantino sostenuto by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
13.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 9, Un rien - Allegretto moderato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
14.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 10, Un rien - Andantino mosso by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
15.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 13, Un rien - Allegretto billante by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
16.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 14, Un rien - Allegretto vivace by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
17.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 17, Un rien - A piacere-Andantino mosso quasi allegretto by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
18.
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol 12: no 18, Un rien - Andantino mosso-Allegro-primo tempo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 

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