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Infodad.com, March 2015

the performances, both keyboard and vocal, are first-rate and highly enjoyable… © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, February 2015

…Marangoni remains as consistently attentive to the lightness of touch that Rossini brought to composing as he has been in the preceding releases…the diversity of genres in this new release makes the entire recording feel very much like a particularly well-balanced nineteenth-century salon concert. © 2015 Examiner.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2015

Aged thirty-seven Rossini withdrew from the stage having enjoyed a glittering career as an opera composer, his adversaries saying his creativity was at an end. So it was that he amused himself during the last ten years of his life completing thirteen volumes of music he called Peches de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), many containing or devoted to a piano, an instrument that had always been part of his life. They were a somewhat haphazard collection assembled over a period of time, but he had lost none of his facility to write catchy tunes. They are difficult to programme, and we know them only through recordings, the Italian pianist, Alessandro Marangoni, having been busy extracting the piano pieces from different volumes for a series on the Naxos label. Now he backtracks and ‘fills in’ the vocal pieces that were omitted from six of the volumes already released. Most were for chorus and of semi-comic in nature, though there also ‘songs’ not far removed from solo operatic arias. The Chant funebre a Meyerbeer is a moving tribute to his friend on his death, and in much the same mode La Chant de Titans takes us back to Rossini’s grand opera days. In total it makes for a pleasing if somewhat unusual disc, the choral singing from the Ars Cantica Choir and Consort is always pleasurable. Marangoni moves from piano to organ in the Ave Maria from the third volume of the original scores, and in the disc you will recognise some of the melodies used for Respighi’s ballet, La boutique fantasque. Very well recorded. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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