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Thalberg: Fantasies On Operas By Bellini / Francesco Nicolsi


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555498   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally released by Marco Polo, Francesco Nicolosi's justly praised four-disc survey of Sigismond Thalberg's operatic paraphrases is being reissued by Naxos, starting with the present recital of fantasias based on Bellini operas. Thalberg's efforts in this genre may not match the harmonic genius and visionary drama of those by his arch rival Franz Liszt; compare, for example, Liszt's mesmerizing Norma Fantasy with Thalberg's more conservative concoction. All the same, Thalberg's ingenuous, ear-tickling effects and pianistic fireworks hold your attention. Nicolosi not only surmounts the myriad pyrotechnical hurdles but also projects Bellini's long-lined melodies with the same dynamic inflections and phrasing that you find in great bel Read more canto singing. If you'd like to explore Romantic pianism's ornate byways, this disc's for you. I look forward to the remaining volumes as they resurface at Naxos' budget price.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Grande Fantasie and Variatons on Bellini's "I Capuletti", Op. 10 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Fantasie on Bellini's "Beatrice di Tenda", Op. 49 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Fantasie on Bellini's "La Straniera", Op. 9 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 12 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Grande caprice on Bellini's "La Sonnambula', Op. 46 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 16 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Grande fantasie and Variations on Bellini's "Norma", Op. 12 by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Francesco Nicolosi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 15 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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