Ever heard of Paisiello?

16 February, 2011 at 17:15 | Posted in classical, Music | 2 Comments
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Definitely one of my favorites.

Below is Piano Concerto 4 in g-minor. Allegro Pietro Spada (piano and conduction), Orchestra da camera di Santa Cecilia.

If you have seen the beautiful and touching movie  Barry Lyndon you are probably familiar with this music, which in its original form is from the opera The Barber of Seville, in the way that Paisiello did it.

Here comes a soft and beautiful sample of the opera Nina, sung by Cecilia Bartoli.

From Wikipedia:

Giovanni Paisiello (or Paesiello) (May 9, 1740 – June 5, 1816) was an Italian composer of the Classical era.

Paisiello was born at Taranto and educated by the Jesuits there. He became known for his beautiful singing voice and in 1754 was sent to the Conservatorio di S. Onofrio at Naples, where he studied under Francesco Durante, and eventually became assistant master. For the theatre of the Conservatorio, which he left in 1763, he wrote some intermezzi, one of which attracted so much notice that he was invited to write two operas, La Pupilla and Il Mondo al Rovescio, for Bologna, and a third, Il Marchese di Tidipano, for Rome.


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  1. Oh look at this! I didn’t know about this composer. Thanks a lifetime, 😀

    I’m sure I’ll make time and try to listen to other stuff, so far is great. The piano concerto in particular, refreshing although classical indeed.


    • I can recommend “The complete Piano Concertos, volume one and two”, Mariaclara Monetti piano, English Chamber Orcestra. Directed from the violin by Stephanie Gonley.
      CD DCA 872, from 1993.

      Piano concerto nr 2 is my favourite, but both of the CD:s are very nice listening to, since all music pieces are very good.

      Nice blog you have 🙂 I have bookmarked it… There seems to be some nice music.

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