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PAISIELLO, G.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 and 5 (Nicolosi, Campania Chamber Orchestra, Piovano)

Composer(s):Paisiello, Giovanni
Artist(s) Piovano, Luigi, Conductor • Campania Chamber OrchestraNicolosi, Francesco, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.572065
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


With more than eighty operas to his credit, Paisiello rivaled Mozart for success in this competitive field, though his eight keyboard concertos fell short of Mozart’s output in numerical terms. They are, however, unfailingly delightful works whose charm and deftly balanced interplay between the solo instrument and orchestra are characteristic of Paisiello’s appealing style. Although the First Concerto was conceived for harpsichord and the Third and Fifth for fortepiano, each retains its transparent beauty when performed, as here, on a modern piano. The Second and Fourth Concertos are available on Naxos 8.557031.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,October 2009

Giovanni Paisiello (1740–1816) wrote eight keyboard concertos that brim with felicitous melody. Naxos gives us Nos. 1, 3, and 5, with pianist Francesco Nicolosi and the Campania Chamber Orchestra, under Luigi Piovano. These are light works, but what charm! Even a young Mozart would not have been ashamed of them. In fact, Paisiello was one of Mozart’s chief opera rivals. I have known these works for years and never fail to get refreshment from them. That is what they are for, so go ahead and enjoy them with Nicolosi’s deft performances.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,September 2009

Time was when the only concerto by Paisiello available on records was the first one in C Major. Several complete sets (he composed eight) have come and (presumably) gone, so this disc is welcome, though if the idea is to do all eight, why only three on this relatively short (49:51) CD? Francesco Nicolosi gives us spirited performances here and enjoys solid support from the orchestra.


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