Thursday, May 03, 2007

Post #202

Okay, he's not a crime writer, but I had to share my enthusiasm for Giovanni Paisiello. It is not everyday that you find new talent in the world of classical music. As Randy Jackson might say, however, "Dis guy is da bomb!" I got a NAXOS label cd of some of his orchestral work - two piano concertos and a couple of short symphonic pieces - an overture and a short suite. In any event, I was astounded both by the playing of it and the quality of the music itself. Wonderful stuff. If you like Mozart and you like Beethoven, then Paisiello is the man who straddles them both...Wait, that didn't come out right.

The first concerto on the cd, his 2nd, sounds like it could have been Mozart, certainly better than Haydn piano music at any rate. The second sounds like early Beethoven - the Beethoven of the first four piano concertos, not the one of the odd wind chamber ensembles.

A great find especially given the price.


Blogger Mark said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the Paisiello CD from Naxos. If you like music from that "classical era" of Mozart's and Haydn's, then you might also like music by Ignaz Pleyel. Naxos has two discs of his string quartets and one of his symphonies.

Naxos also has a lot of music by another Mozart/Haydn contemporary whose last name is Vanhal. There's also a recent disc of symphonies by Karl von Ordonez that's supposed to be good (I just opened it but haven't listened yet).

I'm the publicist for Naxos of America, which distributes Naxos in the US and Canada. I write a blog at about Naxos. Feel free to visit there and drop me a line if you have questions.

May 04, 2007 9:09 AM  

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