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The Operatic Pianist II
By Andrew Wright
By Andrew Wright. By Alfred Jaell, Sigismund Thalberg, Theodore Leschitizky, Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Richard Wagner (1813-1883), Theodor Kullak (1818-1882), Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Andrew Wright, and Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). Classical. CD. Naxos #DDA25153. Published by Naxos (NX.DDA25153).
Item Number: NX.DDA25153
In the mid to late 19th century, piano transcriptions allowed access to the classics for the majority of people who could not attend opera or orchestral performances. In the area of 'grand opera' specialists included of course Franz Liszt - and also composers such as Sigismund Thalberg. Andrew Wright is a rarity in the current day being an expert interpreter and also arranger of operatic themes, and as well as an astonishing virtuosity enabling the drama of the scene to be preserved, he also keeps alive the tradition by which opera tunes became popular. Following the critical praise given to the original 'Operatic Pianist' album, this set includes transcriptions and fantasies by Wright, Thalberg, Liszt, Kullak, Leschetizky and Jaell and amazingly a fine work by Saint-Saens receiving its world premiere recording. Intense, dramatic and full of action this will appeal to both opera lovers and piano afficionados.
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