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Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 7 / Paolo Giacometti


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 24106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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The delightful titles of so many of Rossini's piano works suggest that they are all lightweight predecessors of Satie, but his Album de Château contains some very substantial works. Spécimen de Mon Temps, Prélude Semipastorale, Prélude soi-disant Dramatique, and Spécimen de l'Avenir all last longer than 10 minutes each, making them equal in size to Chopin's Ballades or Scherzos, and several other pieces on this disc are almost as long. But beyond mere questions of size, Rossini packs each piece with eventful, characterful music. In several cases the titles do in fact
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Prélude Prétentieux is (what else?) a fugue, and a very good one too. Valse Anti-Dansante speaks for itself, and makes its points with as much poetry as rhythmic displacement. Un Rêve is a haunting nocturne, while the most interesting piece conceptually is the Tarentelle pur Sang (avec Traversée de las Procession).

Using a magnificently fresh-toned 1858 Pleyel piano, Paolo Giacometti plays each piece (and they are not easy) with consummate technique and a dry wit that never crosses the boundaries of good taste. Rossini certainly would have approved, and the sonics, whether in stereo or SACD surround formats, are drop-dead fabulous. The piano is positioned naturally in an ideally warm, clear space, its timbre full but always crisp. You can practically reach out and touch it.

Giacometti's beguiling artistry really does conjure a picture of Rossini and his friends enjoying an evening of good music and good company. For all the jokingly self-deprecating titles, this is masterly stuff by an immensely wise and experienced composer, immaculately crafted and stunningly presented. You'll love this disc.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 5, Prélude prétentieux by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 6, Spécimen de mon temps by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 7, Valse anti-dansante in F major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 8, Semipastorale in A major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 10, Un rêve by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8: no 11, Prelude soi-disant dramatique in F sharp major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 9, Tarantelle pus Sang (avec Traversee de la P by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1857 - 1868). 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 8 "Album de château": no 12, Spécimen de l'Avenir by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/2005 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1857 - 1868). 

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