Piano Concertos (2002)

Schumann, Dvorak

Paolo Giacometti

Michel Tilkin

The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

Paolo Giacometti: "I am continually surprised how blessed we pianists are in our enormous repertoire. When the idea of recording the Dvorák concerto first came up, it was a great surprise to me that he had composed such a huge piece with such monumental proportions, and it was especially interesting to enter into his musical world, which I had only explored up until now by way of the chamber music. In the case of Schumann, of course, it was entirely different. As a pianist embarking on this composition, you cannot avoid a feeling of great responsibility, because you are traveling a road that so many others have traveled before you. Indeed, it was a great privilege to be allowed to under take this project, and to discover how all of my excitement began to give way, more and more, to the pleasure of devoting myself to such wonderful music. My pleasure was even greater because both of these works are so clearly the creations of a still-youthful romanticism, a romanticism without a trace of decadence, full of hope, strength, and moving sincerity."

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Paolo Giacometti

Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest distinction. Also Gyorgy Sebök was an important source of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education. Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea). Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001. His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ...".  Among Paolo Giacometti’s chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.  Paolo Giacometti is also a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf.

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Piano Concertos (2002)

Schumann, Dvorak

Paolo Giacometti

    Klassieke Zaken

Dvorak: Giacometti seems to understand his lyricism quite well. His delivery is sparkling and satisfying. American Record Guide () Paolo Giacometti kan zich in de middenweg tussen symfonie, concert en grote sonate perfect vinden

    Leeuwarder Courant

frisse spontane uitvoering van beide concerten ... De volkomen natuurlijke manier waarop de dirigent het Gelders Orkest laat spelen, sluit prima aan bij de opvattingen van Giacometti.

    Pianowereld

Paolo bewijst hiemee weer zijn grote talent door een wat romantische, maar vooral stralende en pittige uitvoering van Schumanns pianoconcert, zonder bombastisch pianistisch vertoon.... Dvoraks pianoconcert wordt op haast parelende wijze uitgevoerd.

    Stereophile

Excellent presence for all the performers () () Clear soloists and the chorus eminently so.

    Www.ultra audio

is playing is very articulate, lyrical and charming, he brings a delicacy, grace and intimacy to both the Schumann and Dvorak concertos.

    Fanfare

He has an introspective style of phrasing, dulcet tone, and real imagination without a trace of pretentiousness. .... This is one of the most effective performances ..

Piano Concertos (2002)

Schumann, Dvorak

Paolo Giacometti

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Recording location:Musis Sacrem, Arnhem the Netherlands June 2001
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Pianoconcerto in a, opus 54 - Allegro affettuoso
Schumann
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Pianoconcerto in a, opus 54 - Intermezzo_ andantino grazioso
Schumann
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Pianoconcerto in a, opus 54 - Rondo_ allegro vivace
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ák - Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Allegro agitato
Dvorak
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ák - Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Andante sostenuto
Dvorak
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ák - Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Allegro con fuoco
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