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Rossini: Complete Piano Edition Vol 4 / Marco Sollini


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10520   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Music slightly off the beaten track.

I found myself in some difficulty when I reviewed the recent Naxos issue of 11 of the 12 pieces in this Book. On the one hand I wanted to encourage those who did not know this fascinating but too little known music to hear it, on the other the performance was little more than adequate, lacking the kind of idiomatic spark needed to guarantee understanding and enjoyment. I referred to it as being little more than a stopgap until a more idiomatic version came along, but I certainly did not expect how soon that would be. In short, the present version is all that one could wish in terms of performance, and in addition the recording is superior. To make pleasure complete, the whole of Book
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Rossini's writing for the piano is very individual. He was himself a fine pianist, and by the time he came to write Book 6 of his late pieces he was entirely at home in creating music whose character and mood are often ambiguous, and which is often capable of rapid change within pieces. A fair comparison would be with the piano music of, say, Poulenc or Ravel. For instance, the bizarre 'Memento homo' is a strange enough piece, possibly reflecting on the inevitability of death, but it is followed by another entitled 'Assez de memento: damsons', which casts fresh light on whatever thoughts of death there may be in the earlier piece. 'Une caresse à ma femme' certainly seems like a sincere tribute to his long-suffering wife, but somehow the caress is far from being unselfconscious, and this listener at least is left unsure of what is being conveyed. In one way, this can be seen simply as a set of delightful short(-ish) piano pieces, but in the right hands - as they certainly are here - their charm becomes more ambiguous and their character both firmer and more enigmatic.

The success of Marco Sollini's approach is due above all to his deft approach to characterisation and understanding of the idiom. He takes note of each of Rossini's directions and follows them not out of mere literalism but in order to find the fundamental character of each piece. The various sections of the delightful 'Un petit train de plaisir' are indeed 'comico-imitatif' as the composer completed in the title, but the piece as a whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

All of this is enhanced by an appropriately forward recording and interesting if quirky notes by Sergio Ragni. Unlike the (incomplete) Naxos version it is at full price, but for anyone wanting to explore Rossini's piano music or simply to enjoy music slightly off the beaten track, it is worth every penny.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 6/2002 
Venue:  Camponogara, Venice, Italy 
Length: 75 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants...": no 1, Mon prélude hygiénique du matin by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
3.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 2, Prélude baroque by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
4.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 3, Memento homo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
5.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 4, Assez de memento - Dansons by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
6.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 5, La pesarese by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
7.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 6, Valse torturée by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 7, Une caresse à ma femme by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
9.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 8, Barcarole by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
10.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 9, Un petit train de plaisir c by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
11.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 10, Fausse couche de polka maz by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
12.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 11, Etude asthmatique by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
13.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 6 "Album pour les enfants dégourdis": no 12, Un enterrement en Carnaval by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marco Sollini (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 1. Mon prelude hygienique du matin
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 2. Prelude baroque
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 3. Memento homo
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 4. Assez de memento: dansons
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 5. La pesarese
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 6. Valse torturee
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 7. Une caresse a ma femme
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 8. Barcarole
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 9. Un petit train de plaisir comico-imitatif
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 10. Fausse couche de polka mazurka
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 11. Etude asthmatique
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6: Album pour les enfants degourdis: No. 12. Un enterrement en Carnaval

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