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Infodad.com, July 2013

Alessandro Marangoni is doing a simply wonderful job presenting these pieces on Naxos: he is attuned to their subtleties…collectively, this album and the Péchés de vieillesse as a whole add up to something far more substantial than listeners unfamiliar with this music might expect. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, July 2013

The 24 pieces in Vol. 12 of Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse—making up Vol. 5 of Marangoni’s ongoing survey for Naxos records—offer richly textured variety, filled with clever little quotations from other composers. Rossini writes with all the craft of Schubert, the singing quality of Chopin and the bravura of Liszt—but in miniature.

And Marangoni navigates all of this with a surface abandon that speaks directly to Rossini’s misleading label of Little Nothings (“Petits riens”), while doing full justice to what the music really demands of its interpreter. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

After twenty years of musical silence, Gioachino Rossini returned to composing with thirteen volumes of piano music with the quizzical title, Peches de vieilleese We seldom hear them in piano recitals as their length is awkward to programme, though you will instantly recognise some of the pieces from his twelfth volume, as in their orchestral garb they form part of Respighi’s ballet, La Boutique Fantasque. As we have travelled through each book, they have offered a nicely juxtaposed series of works, both in tempo and character, and mostly well within the scope of an amateur pianist. This new release, the fifth in a cycle for Naxos by the Italian pianist, Alessandro Marangoni, gives the entire twelfth volume, with the title Quelques riens pour album, and is created from twenty-four pieces, originally conceived to follow the example of Bach and Chopin in having one piece in each of the major and minor keys, but he abandoned the idea half way through. In the event we hear the influences of many composers, some seemingly in homage, others more in fun. Certainly they abound in charm and good humour, and I bet Respighi could hardly believe his luck when he ‘discovered’ them. I can say little more, for they are a constant delight, Marangoni’s performances perfectly capturing the mood, while the sound is of excellent quality. © David’s Review Corner






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