Complete Works For Piano Album de Chateau vol 7 (2006)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

This seventh CD of Rossini's music comprises the remaining eight works from the 'Album de Chteau' (Castle Album). And if you happen to be expecting music about gallant Knights hastening to the rescue of noble Damsels, then you're in for a disappointment. In true Rossinian fashion, not one of these pieces has anything to do with castles or other medieval tableaux. Rossini, here as in his other albums, seems to be thumbing his nose at the musical establishment. It may well have been a kind of ironic wink to the publishers, who were more interested in the title of a composition than in its content because of the potential effect on sales. Fortunately for Rossini, who was ageing and well-to-do by this time, he could afford to ignore such priorities. The CD begins with a 'Prlude Prtentieux' (Pretentious Prelude); pretentious not only in character but also in its polyphonic structure. Here Rossini has written a genuine fugue, using the form to show his reverence for Bach. Then comes the 'Spcimen de Mon Temps' (Specimen of my Times). This work is the second of a trilogy, the first of which can be heard on the sixth Rossini CD and the last of which closes the present recording. Judging by the work's jolly character, Rossini seems to be quite pleased with current developments. The 'Valse Anti-Dansante' (Anti-dancing Waltz) is, as indicated by the title, a crooked waltz suitable for anything but dancing! The pastoral character of the 'Prlude Semipastorale' (Semi-pastoral Prelude) is sliced in half, not to say completely destroyed, in its playful and virtuosic second section. The following 'Tarantelle Pur Sang (avec Traverse de la Procession)' (Full-blooded Tarantella (with the Procession Crossing Through)) is in safe hands with Rossini. This famously wild Italian folk dance has inspired numerous composers including Liszt and Paganini. Rossini's version, true to the nature of the dance, is an exciting piece full of pianistic gymnastics. 

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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 Album de Chateau vol 7 (2006)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

    Musicweb

Whether you come to this because of a love of Rossinis operas or because of a passion for the piano music of the nineteenth century, you will surely find a great deal to enjoy. Theres writing which is beautiful and lyrical; theres writing which is funny; there is even some which, miraculously, is both beautiful and funny.

    Classic FM

Three cheers fort he Rossinian delights unearthed by Giacometti in his splendid series (...)

    Audiophile Auditions

Parlor-piano selections with humour in both the titles and music.

    Pianowereld

Sommige stukken blijven ongepolijste diamanten, andere door Rossini opgedolven edelstenen gaan door hun komische, onbezorgde karakter of door hun pianistische hoogstandjes juist glinsteren dat het een lieve lust is.

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Bewonderingswaardige toewijding van Giacometti; ooit laat hij zich bij al deze flauwe kul verleiden tot slordig en gemakzuchtig spel () Adembenemende virtuositeit die nodig is al die hersenloze kolder te vertolken. Ook een vorm van genialteit.

Complete Works For Piano Album de Chateau vol 7 (2006)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

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Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
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Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2006
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Prélude Prétentieux
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Spécimen De Mon Temps
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Valse Anti-Dansante
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Prélude Semipastorale
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Tarantelle Pur Sang (Avec Traversée De La Procession)
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Un Rêve
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Prélude Soi-Disant Dramatique
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Spécimen de l'Avenir
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