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Rossini: Complete String Sonatas, Donizetti: Larghetto / Haydn Philharmonia


Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92116   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Massimo BelliVictoria TerekievSimone Baroncini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One thing that has always intrigued me is why there are more child prodigies in music than in any other field. Writers need some life experience before they are able to become successful, or write anything meaningful to others, painters invariably need the same, so how come that such a large minority of composers can write music that speaks to generations of people at such a young age. Indeed often their interpreters are just as young. Rossini wrote the six string sonatas at the age of twelve in the space of three days in 1804 at the home of Agostino Triossi, the son of a wealthy family of grain merchants. They were first heard at one of the many musical soirées held during that summer when Rossini was staying there at Triossi’s Read more invitation.

Rossini must have possessed formidable talent and to have been able to produce music easily for he left his autographed manuscript at the property. Years later he confessed that he presumed that the compositions had been used as wrapping paper for salami! However, they were soon in circulation in various versions and have always proved popular.

There is an infectious feeling of joie de vivre about them all and it is difficult not to smile while listening to them. These lively and happy sounding compositions were the "light music" of their time but there’s no mistaking the highly inventive and creative mind that penned them. They are delightful works played here by a group of players that clearly enjoys them.

The two-disc set also includes Rossini’s Prelude, theme and variations for horn and piano written 53 years after the sonatas but possessing the same sunny mood. Rossini’s father was a horn player and he wrote for the instrument throughout his career. This piece shows the full potential of the horn. There are one or two slight "fluffs" in this performance but they didn’t spoil it for me and I was pleased to have heard it for the first time.

Rounding the set off is the Larghetto, theme and variations for violin and piano by Donizetti, a delightful work in which the two instruments share the music as equals. They complete a set of compositions full of sparkle and a feeling of life-enhancing well-being.

-- Steve Arloff, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Larghetto, tema e variazioni in E flat major by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Massimo Belli (Violin), Victoria Terekiev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1819; Bergamo, Italy 
Notes: 08/26/1991 - 09/02/1991 
2.
Sonata a quattro no 1 in G major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
3.
Sonata a quattro no 2 in A major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
4.
Sonata a quattro no 3 in C major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
5.
Sonata a quattro no 4 in B flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
6.
Sonata a quattro no 5 in E flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
7.
Sonata a quattro no 6 in D major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Ezio Rojatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Philharmonia members
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 9: no 8, Prelude, Theme and Variations for Horn and Piano in E major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Simone Baroncini (French Horn), Victoria Terekiev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: 08/26/1991 - 09/02/1991 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Those Sonatas!!!! August 31, 2012 By John W. (Woori Yallock Vic., Australia) See All My Reviews "Rossini composed these Sonatas at about the age of 20, initially for a Quartet, now always played in Orchestral form. Later in life, age 63, he called them "those dreadful sonatas'. He declared that they were pretty awful. The world totally disagrees with his opinion, and today there are many recordings available.
This presentation is light and delicate, with wonderful sound and rhythm, two superb CDs.
The concluding piece "Larghetto", by Donizetti, for violin and piano, is more in the Haydn Mozart mould, quite different from his oeratic style.It is neat. "
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 Rossini String Sonatas June 22, 2012 By A. Nash (Monroe Township, NJ) See All My Reviews "Beautiful music! Written when the composer was 12 years old, I believe!
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