The pianist, Sigismond Thalberg, was a contemporary of Liszt's and possessed a superb technique, judging from contemporary reports and surviving scores of his piano music. Writers on music have, for many years, consigned Thalberg to that category of flashy, mindless performers best left to obscurity. Those opinions were largely accepted at times when fewer and fewer people played the piano and relied on others' views as the basis of their own. One of the great advantages of the present age is that there are lots of capable pianists (and singers) who, instead of giving us yet another interpretation of a masterpiece, are willing to give Thalberg's music a second try, an effort immeasurably aided by the availability of relatively inexpensive recording processes.
This disk contains several Thalberg songs and some of his piano music. The songs put one in mind of Schubert and Mendelssohn and there are several gems--Fröliches Scheiden being my favorite with its elusive modulations. Thalberg's piano music is also displayed to advantage with the charming Deux aires russes variés and the Deux Romances sans Paroles.
Those finding themselves developing an appetite for Thalberg should also consider the pianist Stefan Irmer's spectacular album of Thalberg's piano music.