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ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Marangoni) - Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 6

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Artist(s) Marangoni, Alessandro, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570766
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Rossini spent his final years in Paris where he wrote numerous short piano pieces arranged in 13 volumes, which he jokingly called Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), that juxtapose irreverence and seriousness. Volume VI, Album for Smart Children , includes diverse movements whose titles, whether ironic or deeply sincere, reflect their stylistic range. The eleventh (Étude asthmatique ) will be included in a future album. Alessandro Marangoni’s highly praised recording of Volumes VII & IX is available on Naxos 8.570590-91.


Review By Uncle Dave Lewis,,September 2009

These are not small “sins”; although some pieces are short enough to qualify as miniatures, they average about six to nine minutes in length and two top the 11-minute mark. Usually the Péchés are recorded in select form or used to fill out another program, and Ottorino Respighi fashioned his fanciful ballet La Boutique Fantasque out of a few of them. This Naxos disc, however, provides the opportunity to understand them within their own context. Rossini was a composer who appropriated no more from romanticism than what he needed to make his overtures sound bigger and badder; once you got into the opera part of his operas his music was more or less completely classical in approach. In the Péchés, which date from the last


Review By,May 2009


Review By Musica & Scuola,April 2009


Review By ,Classic Voice,March 2009


Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2009

At the height of his success as an opera composer Rossini unexpectedly retired at the age of thirty-seven, spending his final years writing little more than thirteen volumes of piano pieces. Ill-health certainly contributed to his decision and the combined title of those piano scores, Péchés de vielliesse (Sins of Old Age), probably gives a clue to his thoughts at the time. They were not devoid of humour but he had lost much of his ability to find those catchy melodies that had created operatic’s ‘best selling arias’. The present disc contains all but the penultimate of the twelve sections of the Sixth volume, Album pour les enfantes dégourdis (Album for Smart Children), the



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