Rossini: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Naxos seems poised to become the first label in history to record Gioachino Rossini's "Péchés de vieillesse" Sins of Old Age -- at least the volumes intended for solo piano -- as a contiguous set. This is pianist Alessandro Marangoni in the whole of Péchés, Vol. 6, the "Album pour les enfants dégourdis" Album for Smart Kids minus the "Étude asthmatique," which simply doesn't fit on this already 78-minute CD it's going to be kicked ahead into an another volume later in the series. These are not small "sins"; although some pieces are short enough to qualify as miniatures, they average about six to nine minutes in length and two top the 11-minute mark. Usually the Péchés ...
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $4.54   
  • New (3) from $4.54   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Naxos seems poised to become the first label in history to record Gioachino Rossini's "Péchés de vieillesse" Sins of Old Age -- at least the volumes intended for solo piano -- as a contiguous set. This is pianist Alessandro Marangoni in the whole of Péchés, Vol. 6, the "Album pour les enfants dégourdis" Album for Smart Kids minus the "Étude asthmatique," which simply doesn't fit on this already 78-minute CD it's going to be kicked ahead into an another volume later in the series. These are not small "sins"; although some pieces are short enough to qualify as miniatures, they average about six to nine minutes in length and two top the 11-minute mark. Usually the Péchés are recorded in select form or used to fill out another program, and Ottorino Respighi fashioned his fanciful ballet "La Boutique Fantasque" out of a few of them. This Naxos disc, however, provides the opportunity to understand them within their own context. Rossini was a composer who appropriated no more from romanticism than what he needed to make his overtures sound bigger and badder; once you got into the opera part of his operas his music was more or less completely classical in approach. In the Péchés, which date from the last decade of Rossini's life, the old composer was finally up to date with current trends, but interestingly he has little or no interest in the German side of the romantic coin; this music is strongly informed by the example of French opera and ballet. Several of the pieces bear silly titles -- "Mon prélude hygénique du matin" and "Valse torturée" for example -- and on the whole they are not grand statements either technically nor artistically; "La Pesarese," for example, could be played by a decent third grade or intermediate pianist without even breaking a sweat. However, "Memento homo" is an exception, being a very dark and serious piece that opens with a severe and uncharacteristic parallel modulation unusual for its time. While essentially conservative stylistically, one senses continuity with the spirit of Satie in a lot of this music, given its moribund surface features, simulations of deliberately banal music hall tunes, and general irreverence; its lack of ambition and disdain of seriousness actually makes it interesting. Pianist Alessandro Marangoni is wise to play this music mostly as it lays, without going the extra distance to dress it up; Naxos' recording is a little distant, but good. While Rossini's Album for Smart Kids probably won't build one's brain or raise one's blood pressure level like, say, the overture to "La Gazza Ladra," it may well serve as something nice to play while housecleaning, entertaining guests, or other tasks that do not require a great deal of concentration, but might call for suitably elegant entertainment.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313076673
  • Catalog Number: 8570766
  • Sales rank: 130,601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 1. Mon prélude hygiénique du matin - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (7:07)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  2. 2 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 2. Prélude baroque - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (7:54)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  3. 3 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 3. Memento homo - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (8:14)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  4. 4 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 4. Assez de memento: dansons - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (4:56)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  5. 5 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 5. La Pesarese - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (6:00)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  6. 6 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 6. Valse torturée - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (6:41)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  7. 7 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 7. Une caresse à ma femme - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (4:43)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  8. 8 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 8. Barcarole - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (5:24)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  9. 9 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 9. Un petit train de plaisir, comico - imitati - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (11:18)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  10. 10 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 10. Fausse couche de polka mazurka - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (4:32)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
  11. 11 Péchés de vieillesse, Book 6 (Album pour les enfants dégourdis): No. 11. Un enterrement en Carnaval - Gioachino Rossini & Paolo Zeccara (11:04)
    Composed byGioachino Rossini
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alessandro Marangoni Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously