Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)- Works for pianoand orchestra
Notiziario Sound and Music
, october 2006
ARTS presents a very beautiful anthology of pianistic
works performed by Andrea Bacchetti, a Genoese pianist who is not 30 yeasr old, yet,
and who became famous when he was very young.
a record of great beauty, which must
be absolutely listened to
Bacchetti in a double part travels with Mendelssohn
, november 3rd
, 2006 - (Roberto Iovino)
...Bacchetti has been for years an outstanding name
in not only national pianistic scenery, besides an intense concert activity, he can
boast a rich record production, for example he recorded two authors that are far
away from each other as far as time is concerned: Bach and Berio, two authors he
loved very much. Instead the out coming of a new CD is recent, a work where the
young artist shows himself in the double part of conductor of the Prague Chamber
Orchestra and of pianist, for an interesting journey into Mendelssohns compositions
... Irreproachable as for technique, Bacchetti is well followed by the Orchestra,
and he assures a deep and flexible reading in search for sound, confirming himself
as a complete pianist, endowed with a rare interpretative sensitivity.
Take this man into your arms!
, 2006 by Thomas Fischer
On Andrea Bacchetti's homepage, next to an endless list of
trophies, competitions, prizes, medals ... there is a page with pictures of him as he meets
some of his fans and idols: Sviatoslav Richter, Luciano Berio and harpist Marielle Nordman
(seemingly uncertain about who is giving an autograph to whom here). But the most expressive
foto by far is the one which features, him with out-of-the-ordinary American pianist Uri Caine,
Uri holding his copy of Bacchetti's "Berio" CD into the camera and embracing tiny
Andrea as though he were his son. Quite instinctively one senses that there is something about
this man that makes you want to take him into your arms.
As an alternative to perusing the web for more such visual treasures, you could simply listen
to his latest recording, his second on the fine German label ARTS and a collection of
Mendelssohn's works for Piano and Orchestra. Bacchetti handles conducting duties as well on
this, which is of special interest as we are talking about a live recording, taped in Milano
in early 2004 with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. This multiple role of soloist, metronome and
inner ear is a hard one, a fragile balance between conflicting interests and even more so
with Mendelssohn, whose music can easily be played to pieces by the piano or superficially
sugarcoated by an overly enthusiastic ensemble. Remarkably enough, the result is none of the
above and instead thus perfectly executed that one has the simultaneous sensation of being
seated in a huge concert hall and inside an intimate circle of friends. Bacchetti, too, keeps
the duality of the pieces alive, their sudden leaps from unfettered optimism into sighs of
sadness, from happiness into defeatism, from major to minor and from near-silence into
jubilant exultation. The euphonous approaches of many of his colleagues towards this composer
are certainly not entirely ill-advised, but it is refreshing to listen to someone without
the typical flatline-vision, especially when it is delivered with such zeal and zest. It all
comes together in the two-part B major Serenata, with its bittersweet opening and a rhythmically
moved, playful finale - Andrea's smooth and clear intonation, his seamless. Keyboard sprints
and his unique touch between the directness of Baroque and the dreaminess of Romanticism.
You'd sometimes wish for the applause to be cut a little later, so you can join in.
There is something simultaneously fragile and extremely powerful about this disc and that is
maybe a good picture for the artist as well. Bacchetti knows what he wants and how to get it,
but behind this determined mask he is still a boy with a childlike curiosity, in constant
search for the perfect sound and with the orchestra his gang of mates, out to conquer the
world together. You just want to take him into your arms for that.
Bacchetti plays and conduct
il giornale della musica
, december 2006 - (r.i.)
... in the double role of conductor of Prague Chamber
Orchestra and pianist, Bacchetti - irreproachable as for technique is well followed
by the Orchestra and he assures a deep and very flexible reading in the search for sound. ...