Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) was a very successful and popular opera composer in his time. Mozart had great respect for him and took Paisiellos Opera buffa as a model for his own operas (notably Le Nozze di Figaro). Although Paisiellos works are mostly forgotten now his piano concertos still enjoy popularity: they are delightful, charming and brilliant works, perfect examples of the Neapolitan style, much in vogue in 18-th century Europe. Excellent performances by Italian forces, fully enjoying the musics sparkle and wit. A composer of over 90 operas, hugely successful and influencial in his time, Giovanni Paisiello even to this day is much more than a footnote in musical history. Admired by Mozart,his opera The Barber of Seville of 1782 spurred Mozart to compose The Marriage of Figaro, and Paisiellos Barber was only deposed from its place in the operatic repertory by Rossinis opera many years later. His instrumental and orchestral output understandably is slim in comparison to his stage work. In his brief autobiography, he claims 12 symphonies, 12 string quartets, a set of sonatas, and 8 keyboard concertos. Paisiello spent the years 1776-84 in Russia, where he became teacher to many aristocratic ladies at the court of Empress Catherine.
Pietro Spada piano - Orchestra da Camera di Santa Cecilia