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When Rossini drew a line under his own hugely successful operatic career at the age of 37, he spent his final years in Paris where he wrote numerous short piano pieces arranged in 14 volumes, which he jokingly called Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age): experimental trifles which blur the boundaries between the irreverent and the serious.
Volume VII, ‘Album de chaumière’ (The Cottage Album) includes gems such as the delightful Petite polka chinoise, the intimate and touching Petite valse de boudoir and the decidedly reassuring Prélude inoffensif.
The recording is rounded off with four solo piano pieces from Volume IX of the Péchés, whose titles, like those of the other works on this disc, are playfully deceptive.
Gioachino Rossini: Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 7: Album de chaumiere
No. 1. Gymnastique d'ecartement
No. 2. Prelude fugasse
No. 3. Petite polka chinoise
No. 4. Petite valse de boudoir
No. 5. Prelude inoffensif
No. 6. Petite valse, "L'huile de Ricin"
No. 7. Un profond sommeil
No. 7. Un reveil en sursaut
No. 8. Plein chant chinois
No. 9. Un cauchemar
No. 10. Valse boiteuse
No. 11. Une pensee a Florence
No. 12. Marche
Gioachino Rossini: Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 9: Album pour piano, violon, violoncelle, harmonium et cor
No. 1. Melodie candide
No. 3. La savoie aimante
No. 2. Chansonette
No. 5. Impromptu tarantellise
“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.”