On Sunday 14th November at 6.00 p.m. at the Teatro Sperimentale the Rossini Opera Festival will commemorate the anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini with a performance of Volume 12 of his Péchés de vieillesse, entitled “Quelques Riens pour Album”. The concert will be given by the pianist Alessandro Marangoni, an authentic specialist and promoter of Rossini’s piano music.
Alessandro Marangoni has recorded the complete Péchés de vieillesse, including numerous unpublished pieces. This recording won him the Premio Abbiati for 2019. He has made his mark on the international music scene thanks to a significant activity as concert soloist and an equally intense activity as a recitalist. He has played in the leading concert halls all over Europe, China, the United States and Australia. He teaches at the Conservatorio of Novara and holds master classes in Europe, South America and China. In the autumn of 2020 he was the soloist in the opening concert of the autumn edition of the ROF, which was broadcast in live streaming from the Teatro Rossini.
Almost all of the 24 short Riens [trifles] included in the programme present noteworthy difficulties in execution: they are virtuoso pieces, which often do not appear to be too complex from the technical point of view but which demand from the pianist a complete mastery of the keyboard in order to bring out Rossini’s crystalline writing, in which challenging and risky passages are often concealed.
Experimentation in harmony and timbre, the use of enharmony, a taste for a beautiful sound and research into the use of the full range of the keyboard are some of the main characteristics that win for these short pieces an honourable place among the most precious pearls in nineteenth-century pianism.
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