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Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 1 / Paolo Giacometti

Release Date: 09/08/1998 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 12398   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Exhausted by his fame as a composer of operas, Rossini decided to retire at 37 and travel. After settling in Paris it wasn't until 1853, at the age of sixty-one, that he felt comfortable enough to return to music--but not to the stage. It was from this time until the end of his life that Rossini devoted his energies to writing instrumental music--for small ensembles as well as a large body of miniatures for solo piano, most of which were written for his festive supper parties.
In this first volume devoted to Rossini's complete piano works, Paolo Giacometti plays a remarkably vibrant and modern-sounding Pleyel piano from 1858. As for the music, all these pieces betray the composer's love of opera. Though none of them can be considered
Read more virtuoso works, they are nonetheless wonderful, character-driven miniatures that reveal a joyous temperament uninfluenced by the pressure to produce. Humor is at the forefront in many of these pieces, most notably "Prelude convulsif" with its reference to Bach and "Ouf! les petits pois" ("Oh no! Peas again") which ends with a reference to the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Read less

Works on This Recording

Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 5 "Album pour les enfants adolescents" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Babtist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Length: 59 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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