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This is the eleventh and final volume in our series representing the flip-side of Rossini the opera composer, namely the complete edition of his intimate Péchés de vieillesse that comprise Rossini's complete piano works and other chamber music pieces. While there are alternative recordings of parts of the Péchés de vieillesse, our comprehensive approach includes numerous premiere recordings and puts the Naxos edition way ahead of the field.

“The artist who brings all these diverse works together (and who has made it a labor of love to bring about this series) is pianist Alessandro Marangoni. In addition to being a real advocate for Rossini’s piano music, [he plays] these works with elegance and genuine Rossini style… Marangoni should be commended for his dedication to this rather neglected body of work and Naxos is to be applauded for bringing us this series of CDs.” – American Rossini Society

Includes World Premiere Recordings
ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 11 - Péchés de vieillesse: Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 4
Final Volume
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 11
(Sins of Old Age)
Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 4

Laura Giordano and Maria Candela Scalabrini, Sopranos
Giuseppina Bridelli and Cecilia Molinari, Mezzo-sopranos
Alessandro Luciano, Tenor
Bruno Taddia and Vittorio Prato, Baritones
Alessandro Marangoni, Piano

Volume 11 completes Alessandro Marangoni’s monumental project to record all 200 or so individual works comprising the Péchés de vieillesse or ‘Sins of Old Age’ (including some preliminary sketches). Highlights include all four duets from the collection, from the highly operatic
Le gittane to Un sou, in which two beggars try to sell the collar of their dead dog. Rossini’s sacred or pious songs, such as the surprisingly intense Ave Maria (su due note) prompted Richard Wagner’s response, ‘the Parisian salons have turned into prayer cells… extraordinary!’
The closing piece of this edition is appropriately a setting by Rossini of his own name.

About the Artists
Alessandro Marangoni | © Daniele Cruciani
Pianist Alessandro Marangoni is a winner of several national and international awards, including the prestigious ‘Amici di Milano’ International Prize, and has appeared throughout Europe, America and China, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, collaborating with leading performers including Daniel Barenboim, Mario Ancillotti, Aldo Ceccato, Valentina Cortese, Enrico Dindo, Quirino Principe and Massimo Quarta. His Naxos recordings include the complete Péchés de vieillesse by Rossini, Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum (8.572325-28) and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Piano Concertos (8.572823).
Laura Giordano | © Rosellina Garbo
Laura Giordano made her operatic debut at a young age in the title roles of I pazzi per progetto by Donizetti and Adina by Rossini at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Her career has since taken her to leading opera houses throughout Europe and the Americas, collaborating with many distinguished conductors and directors. She has recorded Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade with Rinaldo Alessandrini, Musetta in La bohème at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Corinna in Il viaggio a Reimsand Isabella in Donizetti’s Olivo e Pasquale.
Maria Candela Scalabrini
Maria Candela Scalabrini studied singing and traverse flute at the ‘Alberto Ginastera’ Conservatoire in Buenos Aires. In 2001 she won the ‘Marco Fodella’ scholarship to further her studies in early music and Baroque singing with Cristina Miatello and Roberto Balconi at the Institute of Ancient Music in Milan. She teaches and sings in collaboration with the ensembles Elyma, the Swiss Radio Choir, Cappella Artemisia, Ars Cantica, the Vocalia Consort, the Ghislieri Choir & Consort, and the Gesualdo Consort, among others.
Giuseppina Bridelli | © Francesco Squeglia
Born in Piacenza, Giuseppina Bridelli had early vocal training under the guidance of Maria Laura Groppi, and took courses at the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana in Bologna and at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. Her debut at the age of 21 was as Despina in Così fan tutte conducted by Diego Fasolis, the start of a busy career in opera in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, collaborating with conductors and directors of great distinction.
Cecilia Molinari | © Cristobal Rey
The Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Molinari began her musical studies as a flautist. In 2009, she began studying voice at the Conservatory of Music in Padua, where she graduated with the highest honours. In 2015, she made her operatic debut in Il Turco in Italia (Zaida) in Treviso and Ferrara. Among her most recent engagements, she has sung Annio (La clemenza di Tito) in Antwerp, and Landi’s La morte di Orfeo in Amsterdam.
Alessandro Luciano | © Roberto Recanatesi
Tenor Alessandro Luciano has worked with many prestigious conductors and directors and has performed at the most important opera houses and concert halls in including the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Real de Madrid, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Welsh National Opera, the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Art Center of Seoul, and the Gasteig in Munich.
Vittorio Prato
A well-known specialist of bel canto repertory, baritone Vittorio Prato has sung the leading roles in operas by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. He has appeared at many prestigious opera houses in Berlin, Barcelona, Geneva, Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Tokyo, Bordeaux and London, among others. His recordings include Mercadante’s I briganti and Bellini’s Bianca e Gernando for Naxos.
Bruno Taddia | © Matilde Fassò
Bruno Taddia studied voice with the bass Paolo Montarsolo. After his stage debut at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival he began to collaborate with many of the most important opera houses in the world including the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to name a few, working with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Roberto Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Ottavio Dantone, among others.
Previous releases in the Péchés de vieillesse edition
“[Marangoni] seems to have a very good feel for Rossini. He has a beautiful legato touch and a keen sense of phrasing-both qualities absolutely essential for this music.”
American Record Guide
“This music, all surfaces reflecting gilded salons, requires a high level of artistry to pull off. Marangoni sparkles and seduces over and over again.”
Toronto Star ★★★★
“Naxos’s cycle of the Péchés by the young Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni has been consistently enjoyable.”
“It is the richness, the contrast among these pieces that makes them so delightful to hear, and Marangoni’s free-and-easy virtuosity lets listeners focus on the delights of the music.”
“Marangoni is convinced there is value in this music, and has been making his case the only way he knows how: with sparkling, totally committed performances that belie its technical challenges.”
Musical Toronto
“This is an elegant pianist who can also ‘sing’.”
American Record Guide
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 7

Marangoni • Ars Cantica Choir and Consort • Berrini
“Marangoni remains as consistently attentive to the lightness of touch that Rossini brought to composing as he has been in the preceding releases.”
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 8

Marangoni • Quarta
Dindo • Favaro • Jørstad
Taddia • Ars Cantica Choir
“The lightness and irony that we find in the interpretations of Alessandro Marangoni and his companions… seduce the listener from the first to the last note.”
Musica ★★★★★
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 9

Marangoni • Giordano • Luciano • Taddia
JUL 2018

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