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Complete Piano Works, Volume 2

Rossini: Complete Piano Works, Volume 2

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2005

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2004


Marco Sollini



Camponogara, Venice, Italy


Gian Andrea Lodovici


Gabriele Robotti

Matteo Costa

Record Label



Total Time - 63:13
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Complete Piano Works, Volume 2



Select Complete Single Disc for
  Complete Piano Works, Volume 2  
  Péchés de vieillesse, Book 4  
  'Quatre Mendiants et Quatre Hors d'œuvres'  

Quatre Mendiants

1 Les Figures sèches ( Me voilà - Bonjour Madame) 4:55
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur - in ré maggiore  
2 Les Amandes (Minuit sonne - Bonsoir Madame) 5:22
  in G major - in G-Dur - en sol majeur - en sol maggiore  
3 Les Raisins (À ma petite perruche) 6:01
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur - in do maggiore  
4 Les Noisettes (À ma chère Nini) 3:38
  in B major - in H-Dur - en si majeur - in si maggiore  

Quatre Hors d'œuvres

5 1 Les Radis 8:08
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur - in la minore  
6 2 Les Anchois (Thème et variations) 6:19
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur - in ré maggiore  
7 3 Les Cornichons (Introduction) 4:07
  in E major - in E-Dur - en mi mineur - in mi maggiorie  
8 4 Le Beurre (Thème et variations) 7:40
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur - in si bemolle maggiore  
  Péchés de vieillesse, Book 10  

Miscellanée pour piano

9 Prélude blagueur, QR xviii, 1-20 7:41
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur - in la minore  
10 Des tritons s'il vous plaît (montée-descente), QR xviii 21-4 1:50
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur - in do maggiore  
11 Petite pensée, QR xviii 25-8 2:14
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur - in mi bemolle maggiore  
12 Une bagatelle, QR xviii 29-30 1:15
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur - in mi bemolle maggiore  
13 Mélodie italienne (une bagatele). In nomine Patris, QR xviii 31-2 1:02
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur - in la bemolle maggiore  
14 Petit caprice (style Offenbach), QR ii, 1-7 3:01
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur - in do maggiore  
For almost forty years after his last opera, William Tell, was performed, Rossini lived on, plagued by illness, unable to compose. In the spring of 1855, however, he moved to Paris, and his health dramatically improved. His famous sense of humour was restored and, miraculously, he began to compose again.This new surge of sparkling and witty compositions included 150 piano pieces, songs, small ensembles and the Petite messe solenelle. Rossini referred to these pieces as his Péchés de vieillesse, the ‘Sins of Old Age’. In these extraordinarily prophetic works Rossini anticipated the neo-classical movement, whose exponents included his young admirer Saint-Saëns and Stravinsky.

This is the second in Chandos’ series of Rossini’s complete piano works.

Sollini studied piano with Franco Scala in Pesaro before going on to study with Gerhard Oppitz in Munich, Bruno Leonardo Gelber in Buenos Aires and Alexis Weissenberg in Lugano. He has performed extensively in Italy and abroad and his repertoire ranges from the masterpieces of piano literature to rare and unpublished Italian works, particularly those of the great opera composers.

Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse – the umbrella title of a substantial number of compositions with equally spirited titles – were organised into a series of albums, each with its own title and each comprising between six and twenty-four autonomous works. Six of these albums are dedicated exclusively to the piano, and even in the others the piano plays a dominant role.The piano had become Rossini’s orchestra – at his disposal everymoment of the day – that he could play alone or entrust from time to time to young, even very young, pianists.This was an instrument that could distract him, at least for limited periods, from the superabundance of contemporary resonances so alien to the newly rediscovered economy of the classical composers.With the help of this instrument and after a gap of many years, Rossini returned to his profession of musician, using the keys of his Pleyel to conduct a line of research – often meticulous, sometimes pedantic – not so much into timbre as into harmony and rhythm.Whether used as a solo instrument or in conjunction with a voice or other instruments, the piano in Rossini’s last works roves across the most disparate tonalities and experiments with strange harmonies to the point where his faithful copyist found himself no longer able to transcribe them, not because Rossini’s writing was illegible (quite the contrary!) but because these harmonies struck him as too harsh, too indigestible. Rossini agreed that the proposed corrections were certainly easier on the ear, but, he told the copyist, they were not his harmonies, and asked him to restore the original version.

Rossini’s piano-playing is said to have been understated and tonally brilliant. Sollini’s is colourful and robust, but none the worse for that. The relish and panache of his playing here are not to be gainsaid and the recordings are superb.

E Spencer

H Heuel