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This review is from: Wallace: Chopinesque (Rosemary Tuck; Tait Chamber Orchestra; Richard Bonynge) (Naxos: 8572776) (Audio CD)
The Irish composer William Vincent Wallace was obviously an accomplished pianist, and it is good that these early/mid-Victorian pieces have been brought to light and recorded by someone who specialises in this music. The title, relating the works to Chopin, is a little misleading, as the inspiration is eclectic, and not much of this music stands comparison with Chopin's mature works. But the melodies are good and the invention varied, and the music is well worth hearing. One piece (track 12, a barcarolle) is even vaguely familiar, as it was used by John Lanchbery in his music for the ballet The Tales of Beatrix Potter. The final piece, an accompanied Grande Fantaisie, is hilarious and over the top, but very entertaining.
The solo piano music was recorded in a rather boomy acoustic, which I'm not sure quite suits this salon-style music, but otherwise this disc can be recommended.