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Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Aria - Opera Without Words

Album Summary

>Kerber, Randy : Fantasy on 2 Themes from Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalila", for piano
>Grainger, Percy : Ramble on R Strauss's love duet from "Der Rosenkavalier"
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
>Grünfeld, Alfred : Paraphrase on a Theme from Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, for piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Sgambati, Giovanni : Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)
>Mikhashoff, Yvar : Portrait of Madame Butterfly (Operatic Sonata-Fantasy on Themes of Puccini), for piano
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
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Notes & Reviews:

Jean Yves Thibaudet brings a lifelong passion for opera to his new CD of irresistible operatic melodies: Aria - Opera Without Words, an album that combines the intimacy of the piano recital with the drama and romance of the opera house. Following the huge success of his recording of the complete solo piano music of Erik Satie, this new album is a very personal collection of timeless classics and new transcriptions - including several by Thibaudet himself. Aria - Opera Without Words includes arrangements of many of the best-loved arias of opera including Puccini's "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca and "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, and the sparkling "Jewel Song" from Gounod's Faust. Thibaudet even provides a thrilling portrait of Wagner's mighty "Ride of the Valkyries." These performances are not just arrangements of popular classics, they are also piano works in their own right.

BBC Music Magazine
Thibaudet is always poetically refined and plays with delicacy and colour. He is immaculately controlled in Grainger's wonderful Ramble on the Last Love Duet from Der Rosenkavalier, while in music of greater lyrical simplicity he is suave and knowing.

Gramophone Magazine
... rarely has a pianist sounded so in love with his chosen repertoire. Wherever you turn you will hear playing of a princely lustre and virtuosity, and old-style pianism shot through with a wholly modern gloss and precision. Recorded in suitably sumptuous and opulent sound, this recital makes it abundantly clear why Thibaudet was very much the apple of Horowitz's eye.



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Works Details

>Kerber, Randy : Fantasy on 2 Themes from Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalila", for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.

>Grainger, Percy : Ramble on R Strauss's love duet from "Der Rosenkavalier"
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: Aria. O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) :: Glück, das mir verblieb
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1920

>Grünfeld, Alfred : Paraphrase on a Theme from Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Sgambati, Giovanni : Mélodie (Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Gluck's Orphee ed Euridice)
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mikhashoff, Yvar : Portrait of Madame Butterfly (Operatic Sonata-Fantasy on Themes of Puccini), for piano
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: The Ride of the Valkyries
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (06/24/2006-06/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856