Gounod's Piano Music with Prosseda, piano

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Gounod's Piano Music with Prosseda, piano

Post by Lance » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:38 pm

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An interesting new Italian Decca CD [481 6956] just released features some world premiere recordings of piano music by Charles Gounod (1818-1893). Roberto Prosseda (b.1975) has already been well recognized for unearthing a lot of unknown works by Felix Mendelssohn and now continues his plight for unknown music by Gounod.

Featured on this album:
• La Veneziana in G Minor (Barcarolle) *
• Impromptu in G Major
• Souvenance in E--flat Major (Nocturne) *
• Funeral March of a Marionnette in D Minor
• Meditation on J. S. Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major, "Ave Maria"
• Six Preludes and Fugues
• Sonata for Piano, Four Hands * (with pianist Enrico Pompill) *

The recordings too place at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy on May 11-12, 2017 using a Pazioli concert grand instrument. Fazioli is beginning to appear more and more on recordings. Some of the more recent Fazioli pianos have a rich and fine sound.

Prosseda is a master pianist who provides all the technique and masterful playing you would discover in any of his recordings I have heard, including Chopin, four interesting CDs of Mozart's sonatas and other pieces music utilizing the "Vallotti unequal temperament." The music of Gounod is not Prosseda's first traversal of this composer's music. Hyperion issued a CD [67975] of that composer's complete works for pedal piano, a piano concerto, Fantasy on a Russian Theme, and Romanian Dance (Howard Shelley, conductor).

For those looking into some obscure piano music, check out Prosseda for Gounod and an excellent 10-CD boxed set [481 5287] of Mendelssohn's solo piano works including 59 pieces heretofore not having been recorded. He has also recorded Mendelssohn/Bufalini Piano Concerto No. 3. ♫
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