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Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871): Opera Fantasies on themes by Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini / Mark Viner, piano

Album Summary

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia on themes from "Moïse," Op 33 (Rossini)
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia and Variations for piano on Mozart's "Serenade and Minuet" from Don Giovanni, Op 42
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Andante final de Lucia de Lammermoor, for piano (after Donizetti), Op. 43
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Grande caprice on Bellini's "La Sonnambula', Op. 46
>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia on Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for piano, Op 67
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Notes & Reviews:

A swashbuckling extravaganza of nineteenth century pianism and a veritable contribution to Romantic Revivalism. This, Viner's dbut 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. "Viner established a remarkable combination of personal integrity and artistic maturity".

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Anyone familiar with Liszt's fantasies and reminiscences of contemporary operas - in this case operas of Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, and Bellini - knows what to expect: essentially medleys of tunes from the operas, surrounded by and encrusted with ornate passagework. It's interesting to compare the composers; Thalberg really was quite skilled at this stuff, really as good as Liszt; and often the passagework is very similar between the composers, except Liszt's harmonies are stranger, more chromatic than Thalberg's. This is a superlative recital; Viner's rubatosuffused and spontaneous interpretations are ideal for these delectable confections.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015).



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>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia on themes from "Moïse," Op 33 (Rossini)
  • Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia and Variations for piano on Mozart's "Serenade and Minuet" from Don Giovanni, Op 42
  • Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Andante final de Lucia de Lammermoor, for piano (after Donizetti), Op. 43
  • Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Grande caprice on Bellini's "La Sonnambula', Op. 46
  • Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Thalberg, Sigismund : Fantasia on Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for piano, Op 67
  • Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
  • Notes: Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands (03/25/2015-03/26/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic