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Italian Opera Composers At The Piano / Roberto Galletto

Puccini / Galletto,Roberto
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802162   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ruggero LeoncavalloAmilcare PonchielliFrancesco CilèaGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Roberto Galletto
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While instrumental music was developing in all kinds of far-reaching ways everywhere else in 19th-century Europe, in Italy of course it was entirely overshadowed by opera. But this received view has been at least partly revised in recent years. The country’s leading opera composers also wrote music for solo piano, though generally only from time to time and in small quantities. The common characteristic of that music is, unsurprisingly, a natural cantabile quality.

Giuseppe Verdi initially dreamed of being a great pianist; but rejection by the Milan Conservatory perhaps helped to point his career towards opera. His Waltz in F is so fresh and sparkling it might have been drawn from the ‘Brindisi’ in La traviata.
Read more /> Amilcare Ponchielli did gain a place at Milan, and his two Nocturnes show not only great skill but also the influence of Chopin’s own cantabile style. Though from a musical family, Giacomo Puccini was self-taught as a pianist. He wrote the Piccolo tango and Foglio d’album just a few years after Madam Butterfly. With Leoncavallo, Giordano and Cilea we enter the world of the Neapolitan piano school.

Leoncavallo’s Tarantella is technically brilliant, while the two pieces by Giordano offer exquisite elegance and touches of the salon. In the works by Cilea, a more profound, ‘Mediterranean’ vein surfaces. Rossini was the most important among these composers, and began to develop his piano idiom after his early retirement from opera in 1829. These reflective and extraordinarily modern piano pieces are rich in signs and symbols either disguised within the music itself or included in titles that display his renowned wit.

Roberto Galletto studied with Eugenio Bagnoli and graduated with first-class honours from the Venice Conservatory. He has given hundreds of concerts worldwide, and teaches at the St Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Valse coquette by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
2. Tarantella for Piano by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3. Notturno for Piano "Il primo affetto" by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
4. Notturno for Piano in A flat minor by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
5. Danza for Piano no 2 by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
6. Serenata for Piano by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
7. Mazurka for Piano by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
8. Waltz for Piano in F major by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
9. Romanza senza parole by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Italy 
10. Foglia d'album by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1907; Italy 
11. Piccolo Tango by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1907; Italy 
12. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Andantino sostenuto in f#/F# by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
13. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Allegretto moderato in a/A by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
14. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": Allegretto in G minor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
15. Minuet for Piano by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
16. Alla gavotta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Roberto Galletto (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

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