Complete works for Piano Vol. 5 (2004)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

This is now my fifth excursion into the fantastic world of Rossinis late works. Once again, all of the compositions come from the Pchs de Vieillesse, or Sins of my old age. Rossini gave this facetious name to the complete series of his late works, written after a long spell of complete abstinence from composition. Particularly when one thinks that the preceding years of silence, depression, and illness could finally be shaken off, thanks to his return to Paris, which gave him back a sense of peace and improved health, it becomes clear how deeply personal and freed from convention these character sketches really are.

For example, just take all of the remaining six pieces from Quelques Riens pour Album (The album of little nothings). Not only their name but also the musical content shows us Rossini as the king of understatement, a sort of Oscar Wilde among composers. He doesnt try to impress the listener with large-scale forms, he portrays a complete character with wit and brevity, without a seconds worth of pretention, so that the listener needs no more than three or four minutes of concentration. This defiant attitude, that of a composer who has nothing more to prove, can also be found in the other compositions. These are taken from the Album de Chaumire (The album of the farmers cottage), a title suggestive of rustic outdoor life; not that the title have anything at all to do with the name of the collection, which Rossini probably only invented to make a laughing-stock of his publishers, who were always begging for this kind of album titles for the sake of merchandising....

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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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Complete works for Piano Vol. 5 (2004)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

    Classics Today

This is another excellent release in a valuable series.

    Turok's Choice

Giacometti's playing is impressive technically and sensitive to the lovely turn of phrase you would expect to find in music by this composer.

    La Libre

Il n'est pas frquent de voir un pianiste photographi en survtement de sport et occup s'tirer sur la pochette d'un disque. C'est qu'il faut un certain humour pour jouer les petites pices pour piano composes par un Rossini vieillissant, et plus encore pour enregistrer, comme le fait Paolo Giacometti. (...)

    Pianowereld

) Ik bedacht tijdens het luisteren een paar maal dat ik me nauwelijks kan voorstellen dat ze beter uitgevoerd kunnen worden dat op deze sacd het geval is. ( Rossini heeft in Giacometti de ideale uitvoerder gevonden

    Hifi

Het vileine kakarter van de stukjes komt prima tot zijn recht en ook de virtuoze passages worden briljant gespeeld Hifi (

    Luister

Weer daalt een regen van kleurrijke confetti op ons neer. () () Paolo koestert deze keer een ranke rard uit 1837, een instrument waarmee hij bv de Chopinachtige guirlandes in Gymnastque dcartement prachtig kan weergeven, evenals de overvloedige thrillers in de Prelude inoffensif.

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Prachtige muziek, vooral in de contrasten en de manier waarop zij wordt gespeeld!! Brabants Dagblad Alweer de vijfde cd met Rossinis uitputtende verzameling: en het blijft leuk. Rossing met zijn doldwaze titels, op componistentrucs werpt hij genadeloos fel licht en ook de pianist zelf moet het ontgelden. De Erard vleugel draagt met zijn droge klank alleen maar bij aan die bij wijle sardonische atmosfeer. (...)

    The Standaard

(...) Paolo Giacometti heeft al de sprankelende virtuositeit in huis om het veelvoud aan radde pianotrekjes perfect af te werken. (...) (...) De Erard vleugelpiano is het perfecte instrument voor deze intieme huiskameroefeningen. Zeker in het hoogste register is het genieten van parelend kantwerk.

Complete works for Piano Vol. 5 (2004)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Allegretto Moderato
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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Allegro Vrillante
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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Andantino Sostenuto
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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Theme Et Variations Sur Le Mode Mineur
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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Theme Et Variations Sur Le Mode Majeur
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Quelques Riens Pour Album - Un Riens Sur Le Mode Enharmonique
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Gymnastique d'ecartement - Gymnasique D'ecartement
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Gymnastique d'ecartement - Prelude Fugasse
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Gymnastique d'ecartement - Petite Polka Chinoise
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Gymnastique d'ecartement - Petite Valse De Boudoir
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Gymnastique d'ecartement - Prelude Inoffensif
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