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Complete Works For Piano Album de Chateau vol 7

Paolo Giacometti


SKU: 24106

Year of release: 2006

1. Prélude Prétentieux Rossini 04:47
2. Spécimen De Mon Temps Rossini 11:04
3. Valse Anti-Dansante Rossini 07:26
4. Prélude Semipastorale Rossini 12:31
5. Tarantelle Pur Sang (Avec Traversée De La Procession) Rossini 09:21
6. Un Rêve Rossini 08:48
7. Prélude Soi-Disant Dramatique Rossini 10:45
8. Spécimen de l'Avenir Rossini 10:17
Total time: 75:03

About this album

This seventh CD of Rossini’s music comprises the remaining eight works from the ‘Album de Chteau’ (Castle Album). And if you happen to be expecting music about gallant Knights hastening to the rescue of noble Damsels, then you’re in for a disappointment. In true Rossinian fashion, not one of these pieces has anything to do with castles or other medieval tableaux. Rossini, here as in his other albums, seems to be thumbing his nose at the musical establishment. It may well have been a kind of ironic wink to the publishers, who were more interested in the title of a composition than in its content because of the potential effect on sales. Fortunately for Rossini, who was ageing and well-to-do by this time, he could afford to ignore such priorities. The CD begins with a ‘Prlude Prtentieux’ (Pretentious Prelude); pretentious not only in character but also in its polyphonic structure. Here Rossini has written a genuine fugue, using the form to show his reverence for Bach. Then comes the ‘Spcimen de Mon Temps’ (Specimen of my Times). This work is the second of a trilogy, the first of which can be heard on the sixth Rossini CD and the last of which closes the present recording. Judging by the work’s jolly character, Rossini seems to be quite pleased with current developments. The ‘Valse Anti-Dansante’ (Anti-dancing Waltz) is, as indicated by the title, a crooked waltz suitable for anything but dancing! The pastoral character of the ‘Prlude Semipastorale’ (Semi-pastoral Prelude) is sliced in half, not to say completely destroyed, in its playful and virtuosic second section. The following ‘Tarantelle Pur Sang (avec Traverse de la Procession)’ (Full-blooded Tarantella (with the Procession Crossing Through)) is in safe hands with Rossini. This famously wild Italian folk dance has inspired numerous composers including Liszt and Paganini. Rossini’s version, true to the nature of the dance, is an exciting piece full of pianistic gymnastics. 

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Audiophile Auditions

Parlor-piano selections with humour in both the titles and music.


Sommige stukken blijven ongepolijste diamanten, andere door Rossini opgedolven edelstenen gaan door hun komische, onbezorgde karakter of door hun pianistische hoogstandjes juist glinsteren dat het een lieve lust is.


Whether you come to this because of a love of Rossinis operas or because of a passion for the piano music of the nineteenth century, you will surely find a great deal to enjoy. Theres writing which is beautiful and lyrical; theres writing which is funny; there is even some which, miraculously, is both beautiful and funny.

Classic FM

Three cheers fort he Rossinian delights unearthed by Giacometti in his splendid series (...)

Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Bewonderingswaardige toewijding van Giacometti; ooit laat hij zich bij al deze flauwe kul verleiden tot slordig en gemakzuchtig spel () Adembenemende virtuositeit die nodig is al die hersenloze kolder te vertolken. Ook een vorm van genialteit.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationDoopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2006
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series