Bolero Tartare – Complete Works For Pianovol.6

Paolo Giacometti

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Rossini’s prolific output of compositions for piano is a great gift. This is already the sixth CD documenting our voyage of discovery through the compositions of this exceptionally creative spirit. I am gradually coming to see Rossini as almost more of a piano composer who occasionally composed a few operas, rather than the other way around. Like the previous five, this CD contains pieces from the ‘Pchs de Vieillesse’ or ‘Sins of Old Age’. These are free character sketches, unconventional and free of any trace of pretension. Sometimes they are facetious, sometimes sweet, sometimes light and sometimes tragicomic, but the composer always wears a sly wink. They are bel canto suffused with irony, mockery and self-mockery hand in hand, in a setting of honesty and disarming innocence. Satire returns with the titles of the pieces and the albums to which they belong. The first five pieces on this CD are part of the ‘Album de Chaumire’ (Cottage Album). The last five pieces on this CD are part of the ‘Album de Chteau’ (Castel Album) ‘How sweet!’ the listener, the musician, and the unsuspecting publisher think, in the expectation of pretty little pieces about castles and country life. However, very much in Rossini’s manner, not one of the pieces has anything whatsoever to do with these themes. For example, in the first piece, ‘Un Cauchemar’ (A nightmare), medieval knights and rolling fields are conspicuous by their absence. However, there is in fact an intimate, cantabile introduction, which explodes into ecstatic excitement. I wish my own nightmares were this cheerful! In the next piece, ‘Plain-Chant Chinois’ (Chinese Chorale), a bit of Chinoiserie peers round the corner. Chinoiserie was the rather naive and romantic vision of the orient which prevailed in 19th century France. The piece babbles peacefully on, ornamented with piquant, exotic appoggiaturas.

Tracklist

1.
Un Cachemar
10:24
2.
Plain-Chant
05:31
3.
Valse Boitures
05:00
4.
Une Pensée à Florence
07:59
5.
Marche
06:01
6.
Spécimen de l?Ancien Régime
16:58
7.
Prélude Pétulant-Rococo
07:49
8.
Un Regret
02:34
9.
Un Espoir
03:51
10.
Bolero Tartare
09:54

Total time: 01:16:01

Additional information

Label

SKU

22705

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Channels

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

van den Hul

Digital Converters

Meitner DSD AD/DA

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B+W 803 diamond series

Microphones

Bruel &Kyaer, Schops

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Deventer Holland

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Speakers

Audiolab

Release Date April 9, 2014

Press reviews

Pianowereld

Paolo voelt zich duidelijk thuis in dit genre. Rossini’s Pchs de Vieillesse krijgen daarmee een uitgelezen kans hun charme, hun humor en hun onschuld te laten spreken.

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Hoewel Rossini zichzelf als een vierderangs pianist beschouwde, zijn zijn pianowerken moeilijk en vaak technisch behoorlijk veeleisend. Maar Giacometti beheerst de pianotechniek zo goed dat hij zich volledig kan concentreren op de schoonheid en de humor, die zo kenmerkend is voor de muziek van Rossini. Niet voor niets zegt men in Itali dat met Giacometti Rossini eindelijk zijn pianist heeft gevonden.

Luister

ook aan deze aflevering valt weer veel plezier te beleven () () Paolo Giacometti had er weer zin in

Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Giacometti heeft zich zodanig in Rossini ingegraven dat hij inmiddels wel mag tooien met de eretitel Rossinihumorexpert.(…) (…) Het verraderlijke van Rossinis muzikale grapjes is dan ook dat ze ongenadig moeilijk zijn om te spelen. Paolo doet het weer voortreffelijk.

Classics Today

Bolero Tartare is elegantly pointed and buoyant in Giacometti’s hands, as he easily tosses off its difficult runs and roulades. The close-up yet atmospheric engineering especially comes into its own when playing this hybrid disc with the surround-sound option.

International Record Review

Giacometti scores points with his use of a genteel-sounding Erard piano dating from 1858. Between the instrument and the engineering, every note seems to wear a velvet bedroom slipper, No doubt Rossini would have approved!

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