Complete Works For Piano vol. 8 (2007)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

Rossini was a musical genious, a bon vivant, and last but not least, a true gourmet. And so I thought that it would be a good idea to give the eighth and last CD in this series a pronounced culinary atmosphere. We open with Quatre Hors d'Oeuvres (Four appetizers), four musical odes devoted in succession to Les Radis (Radishes), Les Anchois (Anchovies), Les Cornichons (Pickles) and Le Beurre (Butter). Then we abandon the table and proceed to the Prlude for piano solo from Musique Anodine (Blameless Music). Musique Anodine consists of the Prlude and the six following songs for voice and piano. The group is dedicated to Rossini's wife in thanks for her support after a long illness. Anodine, in this case, could also be understood as 'soothing'. Then come some calisthenics for singers in the form of Ritournelle Gothique (Gothic Refrain) Encore un peu de Blague (A little more Silliness), and Tourniquet sur la Gamme Chromatique, Ascendante et Descendante (Chromatic Merry-go-round, Rising and Falling). Rossini, in fact, dedicated this last piece to his friend Auguste Panseron, composer and singing teacher at the Paris Conservatory. After this harmonic exercise, we celebrate enthusiastically in Une Rjouissance (a Party), we take a gondola ride in Canzonetta: la Venitienne (Venetian song), and take a walk through all the different keys in (the environs of) Paris in Petite Promenade de Passy Courbevoie (A little walk from Passy to Courbevoie). At last we go back to the table to be served a dessert consisting of Quatre Mendiants (Four Mendicant Orders). This somewhat austere dessert, still served nowadays, consists of four ingredients, each of which represents a religious order because of its color which is like that of the respective order's habit. Les Figues Sches (dried Figs) represent the Franciscans, Les Amandes (the Almonds) the Carmelites, Les Raisins (the Raisins) the Dominicans, and Les Noisettes (the Hazelnuts) the Augustines. In addition, a genuine French military song is featured in Les Raisins. Nevertheless, Rossini dedicated it to his little parakeet. Les Noisettes is dedicated to his beloved little dog Nini. 

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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. 8 (2007)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

    Gramophone

Giacometti is an accomplished pianist and this final disc is one of the best.

    BBC music Magazine

These superbly played miniatures are sure, undemanding pleasure from beginning to end.

    Media/Bo vd Meulen

Paolo Giacometti is de perfecte advocaat voor Rossini's pianomuziek. Met overtuiging, virtuositeit en een enorm palet aan kleuren levert de pianist een gloeiend pleidooi voor deze kleine meesterwerken.

    Haagse Post

Het is volbracht. De Nederlandse pianist Paolo Giacometti heeft na negen jaar zijn Rossini-project afgerond. Hij nam alle Zonden der Ouderdom op: een berg stukken en stukjes die Rossini gedurende de laatste tien jaar van zijn leven schreef. De meeste werken kwijnden weg in archieven, maar Giacometti haalde ze onder het stof vandaan en registreerde ze integraal op authentieke instrumenten. Een monument voor Rossini, maar ook voor Giacometti.

    Volkskrant

Hilarische hazelnoten! De eerste pianist die Rossinis solostukken voor piano integraal op de plaat heeft gezet. Rossini zou zeggen (hij mocht er graag een argeloos wijsje mee afsluiten): een machtig slotakkoord.

    www.audio.muziek

.een prijzenswaardig project. Pianowereld (...) Giacometti's aanpak getuigt van een juist gevoel voor ironie en dartelheid - zoet klinken de raisins, bijtend de anchois- maar hij zorgt dat de serieuzer momenten ook hun ware karakter krijgen. Dartelheid en aanstekelijk werkend speelplezier domineren echter het recital en alle waardering past voor de ook opnametechnische fraaie realisatie van het nu voltooide omvangrijke project.

    Parool

een juweeltje en Paolo speelt alles als een zonnetje.

Complete Works For Piano vol. 8 (2007)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Les Radis
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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Les Anchois
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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Prélude
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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Ritournelle Gothique
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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Petite Promenade de Passy à Courbevoie
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Quatre hors-d'oeuvres - Canzonetta_ la Venitienne
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