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ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (Marangoni) - Peches de vieillesse, Vols. 8, 9

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Artist(s) Marangoni, Alessandro, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572608-09
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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During his last decade, Rossini wrote a series of 13 volumes he called Sins of Old Age, of which volume 8 is subtitled Album de château. It contains 12 pieces, each richly characterised. Many are fuelled by an operatic sense of vitality, and we also find dances, fugal writing, and a nightmarish dream episode of great intensity. The five pieces from volume 9 offer equal pleasures—a Christmas Carol, self-quotations from his operas, and a skittish black note joke, all served up with his inimitable gift for melody and enjoyment. ‘Marangoni has a beautiful legato touch, and a keen sense of phrasing.’ (American Record Guide, on Vol. 1: 8.570590–91)


Review By Bruno Belli,Classicaonline,November 2012

Review By Luca Segalla,Musica,June 2012


Review By Paolo Minardi,Classic Voice,June 2012

Un gioco di ammicchi, di abbandoni, di enigmi, sempre sorprendente quello che Rossini è andato innescando nelle pagine fi orite nei lunghi anni del suo “silenzio”, da lui raccolte in quattordici album di cui sette interamente dedicati al pianoforte, eredità straordinaria che trova il suo ideale suggello in quella Petite Messe solennelle, “composition qui est hélas le dernier péché mortel de ma vieillesse”. Un itinerario affascinante quanto insidioso per il pianista, il quale impegnato sul fi lo sibillino del nitido versante tastieristico deve cavarne quello spirito così sottilmente penetrante che il musicista immette dietro l’apparente distacco. Un impegno che Marangoni ha già ampiamente


Review By Record Geijutsu,March 2012

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Review By Giv Cornfield, PhD,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,January 2012

This 2-CD set is the fourth of Alessandro Marangoni’s traversal of all of these little (some even not-so-little) gems. He has the temperament and technique in abundance to bring off the flashier pieces with panache, while at the same time imbuing the longer ones (e.g., the Prelude semi-pastorale) with a sense of continuity… © 2012 The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics


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