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Alessandro Marangoni Plays Rossini Piano Music on Second Life

February 17, 2009

In an exciting new project, acclaimed young Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni will appear on Second Life, the Internet’s largest user-created 3D virtual world community.

From 4pm on 23 February 2009 (USA time - Second Life time) in the Main Auditorium on Utwig Sim in Second Life, he will become the avatar "Benito Flores" who bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous composer Rossini. American composer David Schwartz will interview ‘Benito’ about his new Naxos recording of Rossini’s piano music—Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 2 (8.570766)—and‘Benito’ will play excerpts from the recording which will stream live on Second Life.

Alessandro Marangoni is recording Rossini’s complete piano music for Naxos. The first volume, Péchés de vieillesse (8.570590-91) has already been critically praised:

“Marangoni is not yet 30 years old, but 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. I'll look forward to future installments.” (American Record Guide)

“This CD set is undoubtedly an excellent recording of Rossini’s often neglected but wonderful piano music, finally being given the attention it deserves. I can hardly wait for the next volume in the series to be available.”(MusicWeb International)

In case you’re wondering, the real Alessandro Marangoni looks like this:

You can also read an interview with him about his Rossini piano music recordings for Naxos

Alessandro Marangoni Biography & Discography
– includes links to ClassicsOnline and to online retailers


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