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Thalberg: Opera Fantasies

Thalberg: Opera Fantasies
Composer Sigismond Thalberg
Artist Mark Viner
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL0092
EAN code 5060385450277
Release September 2015

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About this release

A swashbuckling extravaganza of nineteenth century pianism and a veritable contribution to Romantic Revivalism. This, Mark Viner’s début recording, presents the operatic paraphrases of the neglected pianist‐composer Sigismond Thalberg, aristocratic rival of Liszt and innovator of the so‐called ‘three‐hand effect’. Here are some of the very finest of his works – a music of opulent grandeur which draws upon all the heady romantic rhetoric and dramatic narrative of the opera house whilst being sumptuously conceived for the piano. A tour de force of virtuosity and an evocation of an era. Mark Viner is one of the most exciting young British pianists of his generation. 1st prize winner of the 2012 Alkan‐Zimmerman Competition in Athens, he is also the Chairman of the Alkan Society and is steadily gaining a reputation for his bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fantaisie sur des thèmes de l’opéra Moïse de G. Rossini, Op. 33
  2. Grande fantaisie sur La sérénade et le menuet de Don Juan, Op. 42
  3. Andante final de Lucia de Lammermoor, Op. 43
  4. Grand caprice sur des motifs de la sonnambula de Bellini, Op. 46
  5. Grande fantaisie sur Don Pasquale, Op. 67