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Piano Concertos

Paolo Giacometti

Schumann, Dvorak

SKU: 17802

Year of release: 2002

Pianoconcerto in a, opus 54 30:31
1. Allegro affettuoso Schumann 14:45
2. Intermezzo_ andantino grazioso Schumann 04:45
3. Rondo_ allegro vivace Schumann 11:00
ák 40:04
4. Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Allegro agitato Dvorak 18:36
5. Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Andante sostenuto Dvorak 09:59
6. Pianoconcerto in g, opus 33 - Allegro con fuoco Dvorak 11:29
Total time: 70:36

About this album

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.”

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Reviews

Leeuwarder Courant

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.

Pianowereld

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.

www.ultra audio

is playing is very articulate, lyrical and charming, he brings a delicacy, grace and intimacy to both the Schumann and Dvorak concertos.

Klassieke Zaken

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

Fanfare

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 ..

Stereophile

Excellent presence for all the performers () () Clear soloists and the chorus eminently so.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationMusis Sacrem, Arnhem the Netherlands June 2001
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series