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ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Marangoni) - Peches de vieillesse, Vols. 7, 9

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Artist(s) Marangoni, Alessandro, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570590-91
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

When Rossini drew a line under his own hugely successful operatic career at the age of 37, he spent his final years in Paris where he wrote numerous short piano pieces arranged in 14 volumes, which he jokingly called Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age): experimental trifles which blur the boundaries between the irreverent and the serious. Volume VII, ‘Album de chaumière’ (The Cottage Album) includes gems such as the delightful Petite polka chinoise, the intimate and touching Petite valse de boudoir and the decidedly reassuring Prélude inoffensif. The recording is rounded off with four solo piano pieces from Volume IX of the Péchés, whose titles, like those of the other works on this



Review By,May 2009


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Rossini retired (absolutely) from composing operas at the age of 37 and spent his final years in writing numerous piano pieces (not always so short—several here are over ten minutes in length). He called them Péchés de vieillese (‘Sins of Old Age’) and arranged them in 14 volumes. Each of the pieces has a neat sobriquet; one of the most charming here is the Petite polka chinoise; others are Une pensée à Florence and the well-named Petite valse de boudoir. Many start with a bold, commanding introduction and then lapse into a simple melody. Une Cauchemar is like an impromptu, while Gymnastique d’écartement certainly requires delicate exertion from its performer, and Un is crisp and pointed. There is even a fugue (Prélude fugassé). Although lightweight, Rossini displays a continuing fund of invention, and these pieces are well worth exploring. Alessandro Marangoni plays them persuasively, although he might at times display just a little lighter touch…


Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2008

His performances exude the feel of a musician who really believes in the music



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