GALUPPI, PIANO SONATAS
... Listening to Galuppi's keyboard pages reserves many surprises: the most striking concerns the ability to produce
melodies of unheard-of sweetness but veiled by a sense of melancholy capable of unexpectedly transforming into disturbance
of the soul. The slow movements, almost invariably placed at the opening of the sonata, are appreciated for their singability
and it is not uncommon for the listener to recall similarities with operatic arias. In rapid times dominates an expressive
and never overtly external virtuosity, supported by a refined technical mastery. The choice of compositions in this anthology
allows us to listen to pages of a certain archaic flavour, in which Scarlatti's and Bach's experience appears evident, and
to reach scores which already allow us to glimpse the nascent romantic ferment.
Reviews - Baldassarre Galuppi, not just theatre
AMADEUS, October 2008 - newsroom
... Les mouvements lents fascinent par leur ascétisme. Très linéaire, leur dépouillement réclame un jeu très concentré
pour en révéler les beautés cachées. Quant aux mouvements rapides, leur verve n'a rien à envier à Scarlatti. Andrea
Bacchetti redonne vie à ces joyaoux oubliés avec une grande science du phrasé, un jeu jamais lourd et pourtant d'une
grande densité, un subtil équilibre entre raison et sensibilité. Il comble ainsi une lacune et révèle avec maestria
un univers passionnant.
Slow movements captivate with their asceticism. Very linear, their succession requires a very concentrated interpretation
to reveal their hidden beauties. As for rapid movements, their verve has nothing to envy of Scarlatti. Andrea Bacchetti brings
these forgotten jewels back to life with a great science of phrasing, an execution that is never heavy yet of great density, a
subtle balance between reason and sensitivity. He thus fills a gap and masterfully reveals an exciting universe
chroniques cd - les Maestros de Pianiste
PIANISTE nr. 53, Octobre 2008 - Bertrand Boissard
Aristocratic, elegant, precious, light is the touch of Baldassarre Galuppi on the piano. Born in Burano in the 18th century,
they called him Buranello ... He was among the most productive in his time, and one of the most forgotten afterwards. A firm
point to oblivion now comes from the recovery of eight of his piano sonatas, which Andrea Bacchetti plays with rare beauty.
And dedication, to recreating a distant world, made of perfect sounds, still free from formal duties and devoted only to the
pleasure of enchantment. If the Neapolitan school invented color, this Venetian one - still to be recovered - distilled the
concept into magic music in oriental alembics.
Musica - The CDs of the "Il Sole"
Il Sole 24 Ore - October 19th, 2008 - (C.M.)
The compositions of Baldassarre Galuppi known as "Buranello" (1706-1785) are scattered in manuscript form in hundreds
of libraries. The pianist Andrea Bacchetti has recorded eight keyboard sonatas for RCA: an anthology full of beautiful surprises,
between virtuosity and melancholy.
CDs News - Eight Galuppi sonatas recorded by the pianist Andrea Bacchetti
24 minuti, freepress by Il Sole 24 ore, Rome - October 23rd, 2008 - newsroom
A new, very pleasant surprise emerges from the tireless fervor of Andrea Bacchetti, who guides us on a more than interesting
journey, articulated along the many decades of the Venetian musician's industriousness ... and he does so with the communicative
quality of his pianism as clear as mottled with inventive solicitations that we have already had the opportunity to appreciate
in the various Bach testimonies.
Piano - Galuppi, Keyboard Sonatas
CLASSIC VOICE, nr. 114 November 2008 - (Gian paolo Minardi)
... Today an exemplary recording project is dedicated to Galuppi's sonata corpus, branded RCA Red Seal and materialized in the
recording studio at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile. Exemplary for originality and intelligence, for passionate enthusiasm
and for philological rigor ... The protagonist is the Genoese pianist Andrea Bacchetti, joined in this adventure of a new edition
on manuscript sources by Mario Marcarini ... The result is that of an anthology which unfolds to the listener not only in the
sign of the curiosity of discovery, but with the pleasure that a reading of great expressive intensity, of refined variety of
touch and of very lucid instrumental and structural control arouses.
Musica - The Sonatas of the "Buranello"
Il Piccolo - November 10th, 2008 - (Stefano Bianchi)
... Galuppi has left a rather rich production for keyboard and not without elements of interest. You can have direct evidence of
this by listening to the recent CD produced by Sony BMG and performed by Andrea Bacchetti. It contains eight sonatas which, in an
apparent expository simplicity, appear rich in expressive solutions, with slow movements of undoubted elegance and clear theatrical
ancestry, but also with bright and pleasant allegro. Bacchetti, 31 years old from Genoa, is an "anomalous" pianist, who
prefers periods less frequented by his colleagues to the great romantic repertoire: «I love baroque and pre-classicism, I have
already recorded several works by Bach and pages by Cherubini. With the Italian Sony we decided to discover partly forgotten Italian
Inside the music - A new eighteenth century
Il Giornale della musica - December 2008 - (Roberto Iovino)
... An extremely enjoyable listen, which Bacchetti enhances with an interpretation of absolute value: intelligent, musical, light
and brilliant, just right, without placing himself in the wake of Benedetti Michelangeli's incomparable aestheticism but finding an
original key, his own, in the search for expository clarity entirely devoid of mannerisms and narcissism. Another vision of childhood,
he would say, because it is less interwoven with dreams and more with a taste for play. Moreover, such simple music requires that it
be performed not only with balance and sobriety, but also with identification with that childhood of the melody and the Sonata to
which Galuppi seems to have consecrated his sonic imagination and which Bacchetti returns with full adherence ...
Reviews - Baldassarre Galuppi, Piano Sonatas
AUDIO REVIEW nr. 297 December 2008 - (Stefano Catucci)
... more than one hundred keyboard sonatas of «remarkable compositional level, almost all unpublished and still without a
systematic catalogue», writes Mario Marcarini who supports Andrea Bacchetti in this new musicological and interpretative
enterprise. ... for a first taste, we have eight beautifully Scarlattian sonatas (the Scarlatti Domenico!) with the scent of the
stage, where the themes that the intrepid Bacchetti voluntarily took up move like well-sketched figurines - and with immense pleasure,
one feels! - in charge of introducing us to a modern piano by our Fazioli.
Music Reviews - Baldassarre Galuppi, Sonatas
Artistic score: 8 - Technical score: 8
SUONO nr. 423 December 2008 - (Pietro Acquafredda)
Of Andrea Bacchetti, a young Genoese pianist, the love for research today translates into the CD Rca Piano Sonatas by Baldassarre
Galuppi, the unknown author of which ours performs a series of unpublished works. Always with a touch that transforms the Fazioli
grand piano into a harpsichord.
ELLE nr. 12 December 2008 - (Elsa Airoldi)
... Even in his long militancy on Bach's music, Bacchetti never tried to make the piano look like a harpsichord, to reproduce the
phrasing and dynamics of ancient instruments on the modern keyboard. His remains an eighteenth century filtered by the sensitivity
of a pianist, viewed through the magnifying glass of an instrument of our days, in this case a Fazioli grand piano. Then recourse
to the pedal, even if used with extreme measure, phrasing in long spans, frequent use of the legato. ... With Bacchetti, Galuppi's
keyboard music, relegated to minor things or at the limit to eighteenth-century curiosities, seems to acquire a new life. There is
not only virtuosity of sound volume, leaps, octaves, speed, there is also virtuosity of touch, virtuosity of phrasing and subtle
timbre variations. And sometimes this second kind of virtuosity is much more important than the first.
Reviews - The 5 star CDs of the month
Galuppi, Piano Sonatas - piano: Andrea Bacchetti, RCA Red Seal / 88697367392 /
MUSICA, nr. 202 December 2008 - (Luca Segalla)
New recording effort for the Genoese pianist Andrea Bacchetti: entirely dedicated to Baldassarre Galuppi ... In seventy minutes of
very pleasant music, Bacchetti offers a roundup in which we pass from the severe style of the first thirty years of the 18th century
to the coveted "gallant", up to the full "sturm und drang". The extraordinary ability of Galuppi as a melodist
emerges in the CD: very sweet and melancholic lines that speak to us with immediacy. It is a musical journey, from Scarlattian flavors
to the intimate dimension of an early romanticism ... Andrea Bacchetti's CD reveals with sophistication the extreme melodic charm
that Galuppi manages to fix on the keyboard: on the one hand a virtuosity that is not never an end in itself, on the other hand a
solar cantabilità, and straws of a "smiling" romanticism; ...
The new album - Andrea Bacchetti and the unveiled Galuppi
Il Secolo XIX - December 30th, 2008 (Giorgio De Martino)
... Wir lernen so einen sehr phan-tasiereichen Komponisten kennen, der in Andrea Bacchetti einen kompetenten Fürsprecher
hat. Ohne Affektiertheit, ruhig und besonnen folgt er einfach dem Fluss der Musik uns lässt ihr den nötigen Platz, sich
nach Lust und Laune auszubreiten. Er macht das mit einem federleichten Ton, diffe-renziert im Klang, elegant im Anschlag
und vor allem klar in der Aussage. Unter den Fingern von Andrea Bacchetti wird der Musik Galuppis wieder richtiges Leben
We get to know a very imaginative composer who has a competent advocate in Andrea Bacchetti. Without affectation, calm
and level-headed, he simply follows the flow of the music, leaving it the space it needs to expand as it pleases. He does
it with a feather-light tone, a differentiated sound, an elegant touch and, above all, a clear statement. Under the fingers
of Andrea Bacchetti, real life is breathed into Galuppi's music again.
Ein fast vergessener - B. Galuppi, Klaviersonaten
PIZZICATO Januar 2009 - (ge)
... Andrea Bacchetti is dedicating himself to the modern relaunch of Buranello's keyboard work, with this compilation that
includes eight Sonatas ... Listening to these interpretations is literally exciting from an aesthetic as well as executive
point of view. In the hope that the current recording, made in Sacile in 2007, will not remain isolated and may truly
constitute the turning point of Galuppi's discography ...
Reviews - Galuppi, Piano Sonatas
Fedeltà del Suono, nr. 157 January 2009 - (Luigi Bellingardi)
" R E C O M M E N D E D " from the Publisher - WORLD FIRST REGISTRATION
CDs Reviews - Galuppi, Baldassarre
THE RECORD GEIJUTSU, January 2009 - (newsroom)
... The CD combines technical ability and sensitivity, giving all the freshness and brilliance of sound that only the
perfect union between studied interpretation and creative freedom can make ... This recording contributes to revealing with
refinement the extreme melodic charm that Galuppi manages to establish on the keyboard, anticipating a pre-classicism or
almost classicism of slow tempos, which requires a certain introspection and is therefore an element of investigation and
novelty for the time. A sunny anticipation of the romanticism that Bacchetti renders us with a clean and transparent sound
and a sober virtuosity, thus revealing what we can consider the forerunner of a musician of the caliber of Mendelsshon.
Andrea Bacchetti, Piano Talent (review & interview)
RONDO, January 2009 - (Patrizia Spora)
For years the name of Baldassarre Galuppi was associated with that of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who performed a single
Apollonian Sonata in C Major. Thanks to the musicological work of Andrea Bacchetti and Mario Marcarini, who edited an edition
from the manuscript sources of the "Keyboard Sonatas" del Buranello (as Galuppi was called), the pianistic world of
this composer emerges in a wider dimension: Arcadian visions, brilliant luminosities and nostalgic delicacies emerge from a
world of its own, no longer baroque and not yet classical. Bacchetti, with an adamantine sound, makes use of a wonderful
Music - Andrea Bacchetti, Baldassarre Galuppi
MF Milano Finanza, January 31st, 2009 - (Luca Ciammarughi)
... De Genuaanse pianist Andrea Bacchetti (1977) is niet de eerste Italiaanse klaviervirtuoos die zich over de sonates van
de Venetiaan Baldassare Galuppi (1706- 1785) ontfermt; Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995) ging hem voor.... Het is
bij Galuppi een reinheid van engelen, zoals twee eeuwen eerder in de motetten van Palestrina. Dramatiek is op het eerste
gehoor afwezig maar daartegenover staat dat alles zo wonderschoon in proportie is. Weldadig om een pianist van groot kaliber
te horen getuigen van zijn liefde en bewondering. Bacchetti speelt even fijnzinnig, strak gesneden en kwetsbaar als hij eruit
ziet en ook dat ontroert. Het wekt bovendien vertrouwen dat iemand die met hetzelfde gemak Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy,
Prokofjev als Berio speelt, dit repertoire heeft uitverkoren ...
The Genoese pianist Andrea Bacchetti (1977) is not the first Italian keyboard virtuoso to take care of the sonatas of the
Venetian Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785); Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995) preceded him.... With Galuppi it is a purity
of angels, as two centuries earlier in the motets of Palestrina. Dramatic is absent at first hearing, but on the other hand,
everything is so beautifully proportioned. Pleasant to hear a pianist of great caliber testify to his love and admiration.
Bacchetti plays as delicately, cleanly cut and vulnerable as he looks and that is also moving. It also inspires confidence that
someone who plays Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev and Berio with the same ease has chosen this repertoire
CD besprecking - piano, Baldassarre Galuppi, Pianosonates
KLASSIEKE ZAKEN, Februari 2009 - (Jurjen Vis)
... This cd by Andrea Bacchetti was born from an all-round interest, so to speak, which goes as far as the retrieval of the
original manuscript sources and the special edition (made with Mario Marcarini) of the eight sonatas of the "Buranello";
choices for the recording ... the execution on the piano involves a highly refined interpretative reading. The reading, which
draws on historical performance practice, calibrates touch, timbre, phrasing and dynamics around an eighteenth-century ideal of
lightness but on the other hand does not give up exploiting, with masterful mastery and pertinence equal to the superb fantasy
of intentions, all the expressive resources offered by the modern instrument. A memorable example of how Galuppi can be played on the piano today.
Reviews - Galuppi, Piano Sonatas
Rca / Distr. Sony-Bmg / DDD / 2007 / booklet: good/italian -
Artistic: A - Technical: A
AMADEUS, nr.231 February 2009 - (Cesare Fertonani)
Thanks to this new recording of keyboard sonatas by Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-85), nimbly played by the young pianist Andrea
Bacchetti, our attentiveness to this often neglected composer lifts slowly but surely. ... Bacchetti certainly rises to the
challenge in the more ebullient sonatas positioned later in the disc (especially a delightful Allegro, the second of the B
flat offerings) and he is a model of restraint and good taste elsewhere ... it comes down to the likes of Bacchetti to
cherry-pick discerningly and hence to assist a more fulsome awareness of this once highly celebrated Venetian composer.
Instrumental - Galuppi, Piano Sonatas
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, February 2009 - (Mark Tanner)
... the music lover finds in the beautiful CD licensed by Andrea Bacchetti a gesture of redemption of the mastery of the great
Venetian; it is to personal initiatives of this high caliber that the musical art affirms the historical merit of its presence
in the culture of these latitudes. Not in the institutions: probably the publication of this beautiful reading of eight Sonatas
by Bacchetti should be read as a victory against the stolid noisy deafness of this time. The piano on which Bacchetti reinvents
Galuppi's dictation breathes with all the airiness of the "Buranello" imagination; the original harpsichord sound
smiles lovingly nourished with the taste and culture of a mind and a hand of the highest, rare caliber - capable of relating to
the highest comparisons - in the elegant, unhurried lightness.
Music Reviews - Baldassarre Galuppi, Piano Sonatas
SUONO nr. 425, February 2009 - (Umberto Padroni)
Diese Aufnahme packt vom allerersten Ton an: Derart natürlich, derart klanggetreu, derart klar gezeichnet und in der Dynamik
perfekt ausgewogen klingt selten eine Klavier-CD ... Bacchetti lässt diese kostbare, zuweilen fast zerbrechliche Musik sich
ruhig, ebenmässig und ohne Exaltiertheit entfalten. Sein Spiel fasziniert durch eine natürliche Selbstverständlichkeit, er
scheint mit der Musik (oder mit dem Instrument) zu atmen und lässt das Klavier ungeniert (modernes) Klavier sein, in vollem,
aber nie aufdringlichem Klang. «Romantische» Sensibilität paart sich in diesen Interpretationen mit einer geradezu
poesievollen Innigkeit. Das musikalische Geschehen vollzieht sich in jedem Takt fliessend natürlich - diese Sonaten sprechen
gleichsam für sich selbst, und das ist ein grosses Lob für den Interpreten.
This recording grabs you from the very first note: Rarely does a piano CD sound so natural, so faithful to the sound, so
clearly drawn and perfectly balanced in terms of dynamics... Bacchetti allows this precious, at times almost fragile music to
unfold calmly, evenly and without exaltation. His playing fascinates with a natural matter of course, he seems to breathe with
the music (or with the instrument) and unabashedly lets the piano be a (modern) piano, with a full but never obtrusive sound.
«Romantic» In these interpretations, sensitivity is paired with an almost poetic intimacy. The musical events unfold
naturally in every measure - these sonatas speak for themselves, and that is great praise for the performer.
die entdeckung - studio
MUSIK&THEATER, Februar 20089 - (Werner Pfister)
... The talented pianist Andrea Bacchetti in Piano Sonatas presents some of the keyboard compositions, which will not leave
the most attentive listeners indifferent, especially the impeccable technique of the performer. Galuppi's are scores in which
the compositional experience of authors such as Bach and Scarlatti is evident, in a pre-Romantic context. Works such as the Sonata
in G major and the Sonata in D minor were proposed after careful research and study, based on Galuppi's autograph scores. The
operation is certainly even more fascinating when you listen to that light touch on the piano, as if to respect the wishes of the
composer. Bacchetti presents itself with a perfect style. The recording, decidedly suitable for an audiophile public, has no
smudges, enhancing timbres and tones, so as to be able to fully enjoy the execution. There are about 70 minutes of music that
deservedly bring attention to an unjustly underrated composer.
Scenarios & Trends
ItaliaOggi7, February 23rd, 2009 - (Antonio Ranalli)
... Una vez escuchado el disco, no cabe más que aplaudir Bacchetti, porque consigue un sonido de asombrosa efectividad
expresiva que no deja de ser esencialmente barroco, alcanzando un perfecto y difícil equilibrio entre lo emocional y lo
racional. La interpretación está cargada de buenas intenciones desde el principio, y ya en la deliciosa Sonata en Sol M
se aprecia que todo tiene un sentido, y que la música fluye coherentemente hacia donde el pianista quiere. A medida que
seguimos escuchando, llama la atención la magnífica resolución de los adornos, muchas veces improvisados sobre la marcha,
al más puro estilo de la época. También vemos cómo Bacchetti aprovecha el piano moderno para adaptarse perfectamente,
por un lado, a los cantabile del estilo galante de estas piezas, y por otro a las formas de danza, a través de una variada
articulación. Técnicamente tampoco se queda atrás ... Si le añadimos que la toma sonora es de primera calidad, la conclusión
es obvia: el disco sin duda merece la pena y la recomendación se hace necesaria. ...
After listening to the album, there is nothing left but to applaud Bacchetti, because he achieves a sound of astonishing
expressive effectiveness that is essentially baroque, reaching a perfect and difficult balance between the emotional and the
rational. The interpretation is loaded with good intentions from the beginning, and already in the delicious Sonata in G Major
it is appreciated that everything has a meaning, and that the music flows coherently towards where the pianist wants. As we
continue listening, the magnificent resolution of the ornaments, often improvised on the fly, in the purest style of the time,
draws our attention. We also see how Bacchetti takes advantage of the modern piano to adapt perfectly, on the one hand, to the
cantabile of the gallant style of these pieces, and on the other to the dance forms, through a varied articulation. Technically,
he is not far behind either... If we add that the sound recording is of the highest quality, the conclusion is obvious: the
album is undoubtedly worth it and the recommendation is necessary
Discos Critica de la A a la Z - Andrea Bacchetti realiza un soberbio trabajo con Galuppi
RCA 88697057742 / 68'50 / DDD RSA
RITMO n.817, marzo 2009 - (J.C.G.)
Wie der große, unvergessene Michelangeli, Andrea Bacchetti geht er Galuppi mit träumerischer Agogik an und fasst die Tempi
gemäßigt auf ... Das Ergebnis ist eine Farben- und Klangsinnlichkeit von inniger, ja berauschender Schönheit. In Bacchettis
Träumereien schimmert ein Galuppi durch, der zuweilen impressionistische Fragilität zu atmen scheint. Im wohl nuancierten,
samtigen Spiel des 1977 geborenen Italieners wird einmal mehr deutlich, dass die italienischen Komponisten zuvorderst die
Arbeit am Klang in das Zentrum ihrer Musik rücken ... Diese CD hat Referenzcharakter und stellt einen wertvollen Beitrag zur
Würdigung dieses Komponisten und seines Schaffens dar. ...
Like the great, unforgotten Michelangeli, Andrea Bacchetti, he approaches Galuppi with dreamy agogics and takes a moderate
approach to the tempi. ... The result is a color and sound sensuality of intimate, even intoxicating beauty. A Galuppi shines
through in Bacchetti's reverie, who at times seems to breathe impressionistic fragility. In the well-nuanced, velvety playing
of the Italian born in 1977, it becomes clear once again that the Italian composers place the work on the sound at the center
of their music. ... This CD has a reference character and represents a valuable contribution to the appreciation of this composer
and his work
Horeindruck (Listening impression)
Interpretation: 6/6 - Sound: 5/6 - Repertoire value: 6/6
PIANO NEWS, N. 2/2009, Marz/April 2009 - (Marco Frei)
... Con este compacto, Bacchetti se confirma como un pianista excepcional y de una gran versatilidad. En lo discográfico de la
música contemporánea pasó al romanticismo, después nos brindó unas Goldberg (en DVD y en CD) extraordinarias y ahora ... nos ofrece
una exquisitez y, para muchos, un aleccionador y revelador descubrimiento, las sonatas de Galuppi. ... que suenan estupendamente en
un piano moderno, comos se encarga de demostrarnos Bacchetti en este compacto extraordinario. Conozcan a Galuppi, anímense, es uno
de los grandes. Y este disco es una preciosidad; por cierto, contiene la sonata que el que suscribe considera más bella de su autor,
la catalogada como Levi CFC 26 en Si bemol mayor, con un primer movimiento maravilloso, un andante exquisito, que Bacchetti consigue
revelarnos en toda su belleza y todo su lirismo. No se lo pierdan.
With this compact, Bacchetti confirms himself as an exceptional pianist with great versatility. In terms of recording contemporary
music, he moved on to romanticism, then he gave us some extraordinary Goldbergs (on DVD and CD) and now... he offers us a delicacy
and, for many, a sobering and revealing discovery: Galuppi's sonatas. ... that sound wonderful on a modern piano, as Bacchetti
demonstrates to us in this extraordinary compact. Meet Galuppi, cheer up, he's one of the greats. And this record is gorgeous; by the
way, it contains the sonata that the undersigned considers its author's most beautiful, the one cataloged as Levi CFC 26 in B flat
major, with a marvelous first movement, an exquisite andante, which Bacchetti manages to reveal to us in all its beauty and all its
lyricism. Do not miss it
Reseñas - Galuppi, Sonatas para piano
CD COMPACT n.229, marzo 2009 - Josep Pascual
Interview: ANDREA BACCHETTI, CRESCENDO CONTINUO
... In some pages the proximity of Bach and Scarlet Fever is conspicuous but not binding, in others the echoes of Venetian inventions
and extravaganzas give the spicy flavour, in still others the melismatic anthology - just as it awakens it, in a hypnotic range of
arabesques, counterpoints and subtleties of piano touch, Bacchetti - echo of the author's lively theatrical past, stretch out in
cantabile arches and harmonic marbling of classical texture. Deposits of (pre)romanticism, more than authentic awareness, which
Bacchetti rightly points out without dwelling too much ...
Reviews - The enchanting world of Galuppi
Galuppi, Keyboard Sonatas - Andrea Bacchetti, piano - RCA 2008 - Reg.: 2007 time: 68'
SUONARE NEWS nr. 148, March 2009 - (newsroom)
Eloquent, affecting performances of a carefully chosen selection of sonatas ... If wit and exuberance dominate Scarlatti's
sonatas, introspection and melancholy are where Galuppi excels, though when he chooses to he can scamper about with equal
panache (try the Presto of the D minor Sonata). Bacchetti rises to the occasion. The writing of the Adagios and Larghettos
of thtese eight two-movement sonatas is simplicity itself, well within the reach of the average amateur, but it takes a real
musician to make them speak as eloquently and affectingly as here, reminding us of the more plaintive of the Goldberg Variations
of which Bacchetti made a notable recording last year.
Reviews | Instrumental - Galuppi
GRAMOPHONE, March 2009 - (Jeremy Nicholas)
Considerado en su tiempo "un genio", Baldassare Galuppi sufre hoy un olvido general pese a su enorme producción,
que consta de multitud de óperas bufas, música religiosa, música de cámara y para teclado. Este último grupo contiene más
de un centenar de sonatas de las que el musicólogo Marcarini y el intérprete de este disco han escogido y editado ocho que
se conservaban en manuscrito, y que revelan a un músico en contacto con las principales corrientes europeas de su época.
Las interpretaciones, en piano moderno, son extremadamente pulcras y musicales.
Considered in his time "a genius", Baldassare Galuppi today suffers from general oblivion despite his enormous
production, which consists of a multitude of comic operas, religious music, chamber music and keyboard music. This last group
contains more than a hundred sonatas of which the musicologist Marcarini and the performer of this record have chosen and edited
eight that were preserved in manuscript, and that reveal a musician in contact with the main European currents of his time.
The performances, on modern piano, are extremely neat and musical.
MÚSICA - Discos de la semana
EL PAÍS, Sábado 25 de Abril de 2009 - (Ángel Carrascosa)
... Andrea Bacchetti and musicologist Mario Marcarini, passionate Galuppi advocates both, have made their own editions of eight
sonatas, all except one in two movements. Their enthusiasm is easy to share, especially in the case of the three minor-keyed
sonatas... In the major-keyed sonatas the tender galanterie of the slow movements often suggests J.C.Bach or the young Mozart,
while the darring, impish Presto finales breathe the spirit of Domenico Scarlatti ... Bacchetti's luminous tone, crisp
articulation and delicate touches of timing give unalloyed pleasure. He spins an eloquent singing line in Galuppi's operatically
inspired slow movements, and gleefully relishes tne caprice and roguish wit of the finales.
Instrumental | Reviews - Galuppi
Galuppi, Piano Sonatas - Andrea Bacchetti (piano) - Performance: , Recording:
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, May 2009 - (Richard Wigmore)
El pianista italiano Andrea Bacchetti ... con un gran número de discos a sus espaldes, se ha centrado en su último álbum en el
compositor veneciano Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-1785) ... y este disco con sus sonatas de piano contribuye a arrojar un poco más
deluz sobre el compositor ... Bacchetti, que cosechó un gran éxito en su visita a España interpretando a Bach en el uditorio de
Valladolid dentro del Ciclo Otoño en Clave, se sienta ahora al piano para ofrecer las sonatas para dicho instrumento de Galuppi.
The Italian pianist Andrea Bacchetti... with a large number of records under his belt, has focused on his latest album on the
Venetian composer Baldassarre Galuppi (1706-1785)... and this record with his piano sonatas contributes to throwing a little more
light on the composer... Bacchetti, who reaped great success during his visit to Spain interpreting Bach at the Valladolid
auditorium as part of the Ciclo Otoño en Clave, now sits at the piano to offer the sonatas for said instrument of Galuppi
Actualidad discográfica - Andrea Bacchetti interpreta a Galuppi
VARIACIONES n.48 Mayo 2009 - (newsroom)
... This is quiet, refined music of the utmost poise and lyricism. The two-part opening of the first sonata in the collection is
almost naively simple, and Bacchetti emphasises this with a restrained tempo and a minimum of ornamentation ... The pattern of
these sonatas is almost invariably a slow movement followed by a fast or faster movement, and in this way we are assured of plenty
of contrast and pizzazz in Bacchetti's pianism. As in his Bach, some of the passing runs between notes go at superhuman speed, but
the essential regularity of the rhythm is well maintained ... he's view of these pieces might indeed be seen as more romantic than
authentic, but in this way he is bringing it into the 21st century rather than dusting off and attempting to reproduce artefacts
preserved in amber. His skill is in balancing the idiom of the time the pieces were written against the human expression brought
forth by the music ...
REVIEW - Galuppi, Cherubini
www.musicweb-international.com, May 2009 - (Dominy Clements)
... de la obra pianística de Luciano Berio al laberinto barroco del maestro Bach, el pianista genovés Andrea Bacchetti ha trazado la
órbita de su parábola deteniéndose disco a disco en cada estación, e incorporando a su sonido las virtudes de cada ámbito estilístico
abordado hasta construir una compleja síntesis de escrupulosidad contemporánea, romántica intención expresiva, elegancia clasicista y
profundidad barroca ... En el caso de Baldassare Galuppi, la publicación de estas sonatas no pretende convertirse en mera anécdota
sino contribuir a revisar la significación histórica de un compositor cuya imagen nos ha llegado ligada al género operístico ...
Seducido por el innegable encanto de la música Bacchetti expone con elegancia un fraseo lúcido y refrescante, regulando con la mano
izquierda el énfasis expresivo de la música ... Oportunidad para escuchar a un Bacchetti que transita con gracia y soltura por una
música que parece pedir exactamente eso, un talento vital y espontáneo. ...
From the piano work of Luciano Berio to the baroque labyrinth of maestro Bach, the Genoese pianist Andrea Bacchetti has traced the
orbit of his parabola, stopping disc by disc at each station, and incorporating into his sound the virtues of each stylistic field
approached to build a complex synthesis of contemporary scrupulousness, romantic expressive intention, classicist elegance and baroque
depth... In the case of Baldassare Galuppi, the publication of these sonatas is not intended to become a mere anecdote but to contribute
to revising the historical significance of a composer whose image has come down to us. linked to the operatic genre... Seduced by the
undeniable charm of the music, Bacchetti elegantly exposes a lucid and refreshing phrasing, regulating the expressive emphasis of the
music with his left hand... Opportunity to listen to a Bacchetti who moves with grace and ease for a music that seems to ask for exactly
that, a vital and spontaneous talent
Novedades discográfica - En busca del tiempo perdido
www.mundoclasico.com, 19 de mayo de 2009 - (Ignacio Gonzáles Pintos)
... the young pianist Andrea Bacchetti here offers interpretations of a handful of the Galuppi's keyboard sonatas, in which his
upright, precise, slightly stilted manner conveys their origin as pieces for harpsichord. The effect is quite entrancing, with
successions of delicate trills held firmly in place by Bacchetti's measured playing.
Review Classical - Album: Andrea Bacchetti, Baldassarre Galuppi: Piano Sonatas
www.independent.uk.com, May 22nd 2009 - (Andy Gill)
El pianista Andrea Bacchetti (1977) nos redescubre a Baldassarre Galuppi ... se adentra en ellas desde una actitud serena al mismo
tiempo que vital en lo que son unas versiones que rebosan cordura y una imperturbabilidad propia de aquel que sabe y respira musica.
Tal es el grado de implicación emocional del artista que logra transmitir con firmeza lo que él mismo cree necesario para
"sentir" las obras. De Bacchetti se percibe nitidez y mucha sensibilidad con el teclado, su toque es minucioso y crea
diferentes gradaciones en su fraseo que poseen la virtud de emular el arte italiano del canto. Su forma de paladear cada frase es
concienzuda y extremadamente detallista, así como su expresión, que desborda alegria y vitalidad. El sonido del pianista viene
envuelto en un halo de misticismo sincero, ese que deja atrás lo innecesario y va directo a la esencia. En fin, unas interpretaciones
personales que además de excelentes se presentan desde ya como referenciales.
The pianist Andrea Bacchetti (1977) rediscovers Baldassarre Galuppi for us... he delves into them from a serene attitude that is
vital at the same time in what are versions that are brimming with sanity and an imperturbability typical of one who knows and breathes
music. Such is the degree of emotional involvement of the artist that he manages to firmly transmit what he himself believes is necessary
to "feel" the works. From Bacchetti one perceives clarity and great sensitivity with the keyboard, his touch is meticulous
and he creates different gradations in his phrasing that have the virtue of emulating the Italian art of singing. His way of savoring
each phrase is conscientious and extremely detailed, as is his expression, which overflows with joy and vitality. The pianist's sound
is wrapped in a halo of sincere mysticism, the one that leaves behind the unnecessary and goes straight to the essence. In short, some
personal interpretations that, in addition to being excellent, are already presented as referential
Discos - Andrea Bacchetti, Galuppi y la prestancia serena
SCHERZO n. 242 Junio de 2009 - (Emili Blasco)
... Italian pianist Andrea Bacchetti has recorded eight of the short, charming keyboard sonatas. These apparently simple
works, played here with elegance and zest, work wonderfully on piano, rather than the more usual harpsichord. You can't
help smiling when you listen
Classical - CD releases
www.observer.uk.com June 14th, 2009 - (Fiona Maddocks)
... Las sonatas de Galuppi están formadas es su mayoría por dos movimientos: el primero, de acusada naturaleza lírica, precede
otro de carácter más rítmico y virtuosístico. El pianista italiano domina ambas facetas con buen gusto y habilidad. En vez de
ceder a la tentación de aligerar sobremanera su piano y "disfrazarlo" de clavecín, Bacchetti busca en el fraseo y en
el timbre instrumental una hondura que, sin recargar el discurso con un exceso de seriedad, realza esta música exquisita y de
inmediato atractivo ...
Galuppi's sonatas are mostly made up of two movements: the first, of a markedly lyrical nature, precedes another of a more
rhythmic and virtuosic nature. The Italian pianist masters both facets with good taste and skill. Instead of giving in to the
temptation of excessively lightening his piano and "disguising" it as a harpsichord, Bacchetti seeks a depth in the
phrasing and instrumental timbre that, without overloading the discourse with excessive seriousness, immediately enhances this
exquisite music. attractive
Galuppi, Sonatas para piano
ABC Sábado 20 de Junio de 2009 - (R.S.)
There are few musicians for whom it feels like saying: «He's a poet». It takes an enchanted way of talking, a proposal
of beauty without justification, the rapture at hand. Baldassarre Galuppi belongs to these privileged ones ... Famous in his time,
in the Venetian eighteenth century, rediscovered in bits and pieces in our age, he hides under his frivolous elegance and lagoon
softness illuminating revelations, intimate but wonderful harmonic openings. Andrea Bacchetti, a young Genoese of different
temperaments, sharp and lucid in the clarity of his reasons, presents a handful of piano sonatas: he begins dry and a little serious,
with very pronounced trills, as if he wanted to mimic the harpsichord, then seems to go discovering. When he gets to the Sonata in
E flat we go back to play to listen again.
Classical - Homage to Galuppi's Venice
Il Giornale, June 26th, 2009 - (Lorenzo Arruga)
... Unter den Händen des italienischen Pianisten Andrea Bacchetti zeigen die acht Sonaten vor allem, dass der Vivaldi-Zeitgenosse
das Barockzeitalter schon deutlich hinter sich gelassen hat ... Ohne großes Aufheben um seine mustergültige Technik, elegante
Tonformung oder sein bewundernswertes Non-Legato-Spiel zu machen, scheint Bacchetti auf einem sehr warm klingenden Fazioli der
phantasievollen Tonsprache Galuppis versonnen nachzulauschen. Mehr noch, sein Spiel vermittelt den Eindruck, als habe er den
Pulsschlag dieser Musik vollkommen verinnerlicht ... Bacchetti ein exzellentes stilistisches Einfühlungsvermögen an den Tag legt.
Seine Spielweise lässt sogar immer wieder an die eines Cembalisten denken, selbst in den intimen Eröffnungssätzen, deren
Ebenmäßigkeit er mit feinen dynamischen Abstufungen und sorgsam gewählten Phrasierungen jegliche Beiläufigkeit nimmt. Schon allein
deshalb macht diese Elnspielung Lust auf mehr - von Baldassare Galuppi und Andrea Bacchetti.
Under the hands of the Italian pianist Andrea Bacchetti, the eight sonatas show above all that Vivaldi's contemporary has already
left the baroque age well behind... Without much fuss about his exemplary technique, elegant tone shaping or his admirable non-legato
playing Bacchetti seems to be listening pensively to Galuppi's imaginative tonal language on a very warm-sounding Fazioli. What's more,
his playing gives the impression that he has completely internalized the pulse of this music... Bacchetti displays excellent stylistic
sensitivity. His way of playing reminds one of that of a harpsichordist, even in the intimate opening movements, whose evenness he
takes away from any casualness with fine dynamic gradations and carefully chosen phrasing. For this reason alone, this recording makes
you want more - by Baldassare Galuppi and Andrea Bacchetti
Archiv - Werke von B. Galuppi
Artistic quality: 8/10 - Sound quality: 8/10 - General impression: 8/10
www.klassik-heute.de, 08/07/2009 - (Christof Jetzschke)
At first glance there is much here to draw the interest of the curious music-lover. Bacchetti is a fine keyboard-player with a
keen interest in uncovering lesser-known music, and his DVD of the Goldberg Variations proves he's no slouch with the canon either.
This recording on RCA (coming two years after a disc featuring rarely heard sonatas of Cherubini) sports fine playing, superb
recorded sound and informative notes by Mario Marcarini ...
Archive, CD Review
FANFARE Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009 - (Michael Cameron)
... Bacchetti is an excellent pianist but also an intelligent interpreter, as he starts from the sources, choosing, with the
musicologist Mario Marcarini, a varied anthology of Sonates, from those more linked to the Baroque world to those closer to the
new romantic ferment. The execution of the 8 Sonatas is treated in the smallest executive details, in the phrasing and in the
embellishments, also adding small improvisations that the pianist delivers to us with a refined taste and in style. Andrea Bacchetti
is an interpreter who places the text and the musical sense of what he plays even before his personality; this means that the work
performed responds to the author's time and thought, but filtered through the musicality and refinement of a great pianist ...
MUSICA E SCUOLA, October/November 2009 - (Michele Gioiosa)
This is an absolutely outstanding CD from every point of view and will surely come as a revelation to many ... the quality
of Galuppi's invention is admirable, and we must be grateful to the young Italian pianist Andrea Bacchetti for recording
such a welcome collection of Sonatas as are contained on this record ... Bacchetti's performances are exemplary; he possesses
a finished technique allied to a mastery of phrasing and tonal colouration that mark him out as an artist of the front rank
in music of this period. The recording quality is very fine and the documentation is first-class. All in all, a record of
considerable musical interest and notable achievement, which deserves to be taken very seriously indeed ...
CDs Reviews - Galuppi Piano Sonatas
MUSICAL OPINION, n. 478 Sept/Oct 2010 - (Alexander Leonard)
... esta música parece tentar todavía más a los pianistas, como lo demuestra esta selección publicada por RCA y protagonizada
por Andrea Bacchetti,artista singular que de forma quijotesca parece querer cimentar su carrera en un repertorio perdido para
la causa pianística, agravado a menudo por su limitada dificultad técnica (pensamos en las Invenciones de Bach o en las Sonatas
de Cherubini, aparte de en este Galuppi). Así las cosas, Bacchetti enlaza su Galuppi directamente con el del maestro Benedetti
Michelangeli, al centrarse en la cantabilidad, la tersura tímbrica, así como en el intemporal sentido hipnótico de estas
peculiares obras, consiguiendo un registro tan extemporáneo como lograd.
this music seems to tempt pianists even more, as shown by this selection published by RCA and starring Andrea Bacchetti, a
singular artist who in a quixotic way seems to want to base his career on a repertoire lost to the piano cause, often aggravated
by his limited technical difficulty (we think of Bach's Inventions or Cherubini Sonatas, apart from this Galuppi). Thus, Bacchetti
links his Galuppi directly with that of the maestro Benedetti Michelangeli, by focusing on the cantability, the timbre smoothness,
as well as the timeless hypnotic sense of these peculiar works, achieving a register as extemporaneous as he could achieve
Sonido: - Valoración:
AUDIO CLÁSICA, n.161 Noviembre de 2010 - (Rafael Fernández Larrinoa)
... the Sonatas here are of high quality. They are almost always in two movements, usually slow then fast, and playing together
for about nine or ten minutes ... Galuppi's invention is delightful and by no means stereotyped and his music is fully worthy
of a modern piano. Bacchetti brings each work to life with his pellucid articulation and always charms the ear. He is very well
recorded too. A disc not to be missed ...
Recorded Classical Music 2010 - Galuppi, Baldassarre (1706-1785)
The Penguin Guide, 2010 - (March, Greenfield, Layton, Czajkoski)
Baldassarre Galuppi, known as «Buranello» is known for his production dedicated to melodrama, but here Andrea Bacchetti
presents us with a series of «Sonatas for keyboard» which among other things are based on a new edition edited by Andrea
Bacchetti himself and by Mario Marcarini. It consists of eight Sonatas, the first of which consists of a single movement, an Allegro
in G major «Pupille amate», while the other pieces are in bipartite form. It is a first contribution to the rediscovery
of a wide repertoire which unfortunately the world of music publishing has not yet dealt with sufficiently.
BresciaOggi, August 26th, 2014 (Luigi Fertonani)