Bolero Tartare - Complete Works For Pianovol.6 (2005)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

Rossini's prolific output of compositions for piano is a great gift. This is already the sixth CD documenting our voyage of discovery through the compositions of this exceptionally creative spirit. I am gradually coming to see Rossini as almost more of a piano composer who occasionally composed a few operas, rather than the other way around. Like the previous five, this CD contains pieces from the 'Pchs de Vieillesse' or 'Sins of Old Age'. These are free character sketches, unconventional and free of any trace of pretension. Sometimes they are facetious, sometimes sweet, sometimes light and sometimes tragicomic, but the composer always wears a sly wink. They are bel canto suffused with irony, mockery and self-mockery hand in hand, in a setting of honesty and disarming innocence. Satire returns with the titles of the pieces and the albums to which they belong. The first five pieces on this CD are part of the 'Album de Chaumire' (Cottage Album). The last five pieces on this CD are part of the 'Album de Chteau' (Castel Album) 'How sweet!' the listener, the musician, and the unsuspecting publisher think, in the expectation of pretty little pieces about castles and country life. However, very much in Rossini's manner, not one of the pieces has anything whatsoever to do with these themes. For example, in the first piece, 'Un Cauchemar' (A nightmare), medieval knights and rolling fields are conspicuous by their absence. However, there is in fact an intimate, cantabile introduction, which explodes into ecstatic excitement. I wish my own nightmares were this cheerful! In the next piece, 'Plain-Chant Chinois' (Chinese Chorale), a bit of Chinoiserie peers round the corner. Chinoiserie was the rather naive and romantic vision of the orient which prevailed in 19th century France. The piece babbles peacefully on, ornamented with piquant, exotic appoggiaturas.

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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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Bolero Tartare - Complete Works For Pianovol.6 (2005)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

    Pianowereld

Paolo voelt zich duidelijk thuis in dit genre. Rossini's Pchs de Vieillesse krijgen daarmee een uitgelezen kans hun charme, hun humor en hun onschuld te laten spreken.

    Avro cd van de week

Hoewel Rossini zichzelf als een vierderangs pianist beschouwde, zijn zijn pianowerken moeilijk en vaak technisch behoorlijk veeleisend. Maar Giacometti beheerst de pianotechniek zo goed dat hij zich volledig kan concentreren op de schoonheid en de humor, die zo kenmerkend is voor de muziek van Rossini. Niet voor niets zegt men in Itali dat met Giacometti Rossini eindelijk zijn pianist heeft gevonden.

    Luister

ook aan deze aflevering valt weer veel plezier te beleven () () Paolo Giacometti had er weer zin in

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Giacometti heeft zich zodanig in Rossini ingegraven dat hij inmiddels wel mag tooien met de eretitel Rossinihumorexpert.(...) (...) Het verraderlijke van Rossinis muzikale grapjes is dan ook dat ze ongenadig moeilijk zijn om te spelen. Paolo doet het weer voortreffelijk.

    Classics Today

Bolero Tartare is elegantly pointed and buoyant in Giacometti's hands, as he easily tosses off its difficult runs and roulades. The close-up yet atmospheric engineering especially comes into its own when playing this hybrid disc with the surround-sound option.

    International Record Review

Giacometti scores points with his use of a genteel-sounding Erard piano dating from 1858. Between the instrument and the engineering, every note seems to wear a velvet bedroom slipper, No doubt Rossini would have approved!

Bolero Tartare - Complete Works For Pianovol.6 (2005)

Rossini

Paolo Giacometti

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Plain-Chant
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Valse Boitures
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