Paolo Giacometti: “I am continually surprised how blessed we pianists are in our enormous repertoire. When the idea of recording the Dvorák concerto first came up, it was a great surprise to me that he had composed such a huge piece with such monumental proportions, and it was especially interesting to enter into his musical world, which I had only explored up until now by way of the chamber music. In the case of Schumann, of course, it was entirely different. As a pianist embarking on this composition, you cannot avoid a feeling of great responsibility, because you are traveling a road that so many others have traveled before you. Indeed, it was a great privilege to be allowed to under take this project, and to discover how all of my excitement began to give way, more and more, to the pleasure of devoting myself to such wonderful music. My pleasure was even greater because both of these works are so clearly the creations of a still-youthful romanticism, a romanticism without a trace of decadence, full of hope, strength, and moving sincerity.”
Total time: 01:10:15
van den Hul T3 series
DCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
B&W 803 diamond series
Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Rens Heijnis custom design
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Musis Sacrem, Arnhem the Netherlands June 2001
Pyramix bij Merging
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|Release Date||January 4, 2014|
Dvorak: Giacometti seems to understand his lyricism quite well. His delivery is sparkling and satisfying. American Record Guide () Paolo Giacometti kan zich in de middenweg tussen symfonie, concert en grote sonate perfect vinden
frisse spontane uitvoering van beide concerten … De volkomen natuurlijke manier waarop de dirigent het Gelders Orkest laat spelen, sluit prima aan bij de opvattingen van Giacometti.
Paolo bewijst hiemee weer zijn grote talent door een wat romantische, maar vooral stralende en pittige uitvoering van Schumanns pianoconcert, zonder bombastisch pianistisch vertoon…. Dvoraks pianoconcert wordt op haast parelende wijze uitgevoerd.
Excellent presence for all the performers () () Clear soloists and the chorus eminently so.
is playing is very articulate, lyrical, and charming. He brings a delicacy, grace, and intimacy to both the Schumann and Dvorak concertos.
He has an introspective style of phrasing, dulcet tone, and real imagination without a trace of pretentiousness. …. This is one of the most effective performances ..
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