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Wallace: Piano Music Vol. 1, 'Opera Fantasies'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Anyone expecting Lisztian fireworks in these paraphrases and fantasies will be sorely disappointed. That's not to say there's none here, because there is. The long fantasies on 'La Traviata', 'Maritana' & L'eclair (by Halevy) would tax the most competent amateur. And that is exactly for whom these pieces were intended. In an age when many households had a piano - from an Upright to a Grand the sheet music would nestle in the piano stool alongside such works as Melody in F or Melody in Eb (both by Anton Rubinstein) or Mendelssohn's Songs without Words to be taken out whenever the 'best room' was to be used to entertain the neighbours. Imagine a house party in a wealthy household with daughter Hypatia (who is quite good on the pianoforte) playing these for the entertainment of the guests after dinner. And later no doubt some talented lady guest will warble 'Scenes that are Brightest' (from 'Maritana') or 'I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls' (from 'The Bohemian Girl') or one of the gentlemen will belt out (in a tremulous tenor voice complete with 'expressive' actions) 'Let me like a soldier die' (also from 'Maritana') or such delights as 'The Lost Chord' or 'Jerusalem' (One night as I lay sleeping') as part of the evening's entertainment. These pieces are evocative of an earlier, less cynical age than ours when the only domestic entertainment was 'live'. The music, as on all of these discs of Wallace's piano music, is of highest quality as is the playing. Anyone interested in British Music of the 19th century , piano music or who just likes a good tune should go out and buy this disc. 5 stars for Naxos and all concerned
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2013
Opera paraphrases, being the only accessible opera for most people in the nineteenth century, are ful of good tunes and fun. Thank you Naxos.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
Rosemary Tuck performs these works superbly and wonderfully, she is THE master of William Vincent Wallace piano works, I strongly urge EVERYONE to purchase a copy of this CD, the works are performed absolutely delightfully !!!
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