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Bolero Tartare - Complete Works For Pianovol.6

Paolo Giacometti


SKU: 22705

Year of release: 2005

1. Un Cachemar Rossini 10:29
2. Plain-Chant Rossini 10:29
3. Valse Boitures Rossini 05:05
4. Une Pensée à Florence Rossini 08:02
5. Marche Rossini 06:15
6. Spécimen de l?Ancien Régime Rossini 17:02
7. Prélude Pétulant-Rococo Rossini 07:54
8. Un Regret Rossini 02:35
9. Un Espoir Rossini 03:55
10. Bolero Tartare Rossini 09:56
Total time: 81:45

About this album

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.

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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.

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.

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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.


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.

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!

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationDeventer Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel &Kyaer, Schops
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner DSD AD/DA
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