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THE OPERATIC PIANIST
ANDREW WRIGHT

This is a superbly entertaining program of transcriptions and fantasies on opera themes and arias, presented with style and flair by British pianist Andrew Wright, who also composed three of the fantasies. With well known themes from Verdi, Wagner, Bellini and Meyerbeer, in excellent solo-piano form, this album has been one of the most requested recenlty, and plays almost constantly in the DIvine Art shop.

Also available is a totally different set of transcriptions played by Anthony Goldstone:
A Night at the Opera (DDA25067)

CD DURATION:  64.48

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Bellini / Wright: Fantasy on La Sonnambula - extract




BUY IN THE UK:

£12.00


BUY IN THE USA:

$15.99


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD:


tracks:
Giuseppe Martucci:
Concert Fantasy on 'La Forza del Destino'
Vincenzo Bellini, trans. Sigismund Thalberg:
A te, o cara ('I Puritani')
Casta Diva ('Norma')
Andrew Wright:
Thalbergiana
Fantasy on Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'
Fantasy on Meyerbeer's 'Robert le Diable'
Richard Wagner, trans. Franz Liszt:
O du mein holder Abendstern ('Tannhäuser)
Isoldes Liebestod ('Tristan und Isolde')
Sigismund Thalberg:
Concert Fantasy on Verdi's 'La Traviata'

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“Martucci's splendid Fantasy of Verdi's La Forza del Destino ... three plausible excursions into the 19 th century by Wright himself... Liszt's glorious version of Isolde's Liebestod. Thalberg's Concert Fantasy on La Traviata makes a gripping centrepiece.” – Paul Driver (Sunday Times)
“Impressive playing as Andrew Wright walks in the footsteps of the 19 th century pianist-composer giants, including some no-holds-barred-creation of his own.” XXXX - Jessica Duchen (BBC Music Magazine)
"Beautifully played - very fine recording - 65 minutes of pure joy" - David Mellor (Classic FM)
“Formidable playing … Wright displays great sensitivity in this lovely performance… beautifully done. There is writing of some virtuosity which Wright throws off with panache and abandon. This is a disc to sit back and enjoy while marveling at the many moments of virtuosity.” – Bruce Reader (The Classical Reviewer)

“The focus of this challengingly virtuosic disc is Andrew Wright. It's a measure of his aplomb that his own transcriptions fail to wilt even in the glare of such declamatory historical precedent. But for all the bravura there is also an awareness of the sheer musical refinement involved. These spirited readings receive good recorded sound and Wright's own notes cap his recital with insightful commentary.” - Jonathan Woolf (MusicWeb)

“The operatic melodies are part of the cultural vocabulary, as is the ornate, virtuosic garb in which they are presented. This Scottish pianist sells the repertory in question to listeners without cheapening it. He's a very capable pianist too ... these sincere, well-prepared performances have much in their favour” – Raymond Tuttle (Fanfare)