Paisiello: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3 and 5

"these works are of considerable charm and historical interest—standing solidly within the Classical period and recalling Mozart’s middle concertos…these concertos reflect the original dedicatees’ tastes and abilities.

Concerto No. 1…was written for harpsichord, and dedicated to an Italian lady-in-waiting to Catherine the Great…Cast in three movements, it is a straightforward but pleasing work. The simple Larghetto (track 2)…has a plain but engaging quality, while the final Rondo includes some lively interaction between the soloist and orchestra.

The third concerto is the more complex of the trio…The brilliant, playful first movement (track 4) ripples with tricky arpeggios which Francesco Nicolosi calmly takes in his stride…The final concerto, No.5, is equally bland…

…this is a very listenable disc. The playing by both soloist and orchestra is lively and warm, and the sound recording is equally clear…"

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