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William Vincent Wallace: Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Opera Fantasies / Rosemary Tuck & Richard Bonynge, pianos

> Verdi - Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opera La traviata - Verdi - Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opera La traviata
> Bellini - Fantaisie de salon sur l'opera La sonnambula - Bellini - Fantaisie de salon sur l'opera La sonnambula
> Donizetti - Fantaisie de salon sur l'opera Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti - Fantaisie de salon sur l'opera Lucia di Lammermoor
> Verdi - Nabucco: Va pensiero, "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" - Verdi - Nabucco: Va pensiero, "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves"
> Donizetti - Variations brillantes sur la Barcarolle de l'opera L'elisir d'amore - Donizetti - Variations brillantes sur la Barcarolle de l'opera L'elisir d'amore
> Verdi - Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore - Verdi - Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell'amore
> Lurline: The Night Winds - Lurline: The Night Winds
> Donizetti - Fantaisie de salon sur des themes de l'opera Don Pasquale - Donizetti - Fantaisie de salon sur des themes de l'opera Don Pasquale
> Grande Fantaisie sur des themes de l'opera Maritana - Grande Fantaisie sur des themes de l'opera Maritana
> Halevy - Grande Duo sur l'opera L'eclair - Halevy - Grande Duo sur l'opera L'eclair

Album Summary

>Wallace, William Vincent : Fantaisie brillante on themes from Verdi's "La traviata", for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Souvenir de Bellini, fantasy on themes from "La sonnambula" for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Souvenir de l'opera, fantasy on themes from "Lucia di Lammermoor" for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Transcription of Verdi's "Va pensiero" for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Variations brillantes on the "Barcarolle" from Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore", for piano, 4 hands
>Wallace, William Vincent : Transcription for piano of Verdi's "Bella figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto
>Wallace, William Vincent : The Night Winds, nocturne for piano (after Wallace's Lurline)
>Wallace, William Vincent : Fantasy on themes from Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Grand Fantasy on themes from Wallace's "Maritana" for piano
>Wallace, William Vincent : Grande Duo on themes from Halevy's "L'eclair", for 2 pianos
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

As an internationally admired opera composer, William Vincent Wallace was perfectly placed to provide brilliant fantasies and paraphrases from the operatic repertoire, refashioned for the domestic piano market. He did not neglect his own works - there is an especially lovely aria from his opera Lurline, as well as an extensive fantasia on themes from Maritana, perhaps his best-known work. His instinct for the perfect transformation also included such favourites as Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and Donizetti's Una furtiva lagrima. Rosemary Tuck's playing of Wallace has been acclaimed for her "ideally deft and scintillatingly assured performances." (Gramophone). The legendary scholar and conductor Richard Bonynge performs at the piano on two of the tracks.

Australian pianist Rosemary Tuck gave the first official performance in the William Vincent Wallace Millennium Plaza in Waterford, Ireland, and has appeared in an all-Wallace programme in London conducted by Richard Bonynge. Her previous recordings include music by Liadov, Ketèlbey, and Wallace.

Fanfare
The disc is enormous fun. Tuck, an Australian pianist, has the technique and flair for this kind of thing, and it is extremely enjoyable to hear tunes that are old favorites in new garb... I got a great deal of pleasure from this disc, and recommend it to those who love opera and/or the piano, and enjoy out-of-the-way repertoire.

MusicWeb International
Peter Jaggard's notes in English give us interesting background and put the pieces in useful context. It is interesting to find that the four-handed versions were written principally for his second wife who would have joined him in his engagements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-).



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>Wallace, William Vincent : Fantaisie brillante on themes from Verdi's "La traviata", for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Souvenir de Bellini, fantasy on themes from "La sonnambula" for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Souvenir de l'opera, fantasy on themes from "Lucia di Lammermoor" for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Transcription of Verdi's "Va pensiero" for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Variations brillantes on the "Barcarolle" from Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore", for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Richard Bonynge (Piano); Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Transcription for piano of Verdi's "Bella figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : The Night Winds, nocturne for piano (after Wallace's Lurline)
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Fantasy on themes from Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Grand Fantasy on themes from Wallace's "Maritana" for piano
  • Performer: Rosemary Tuck (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wallace, William Vincent : Grande Duo on themes from Halévy's "L'éclair", for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Rosemary Tuck (Piano); Richard Bonynge (Piano)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (2009-10-11&2010-03-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic