SIGISMOND THALBERG (1812-1871): L’art du chant appliqué au piano, Op. 70, 3 Schubert Lieder, Op. 79a, Mi mana la voce from Rossini’s Mosé in Egitto, Mendelssohn-Thalberg: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges.
Catalogue Number: 11W035
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Thalberg was often singled out for his ability to make the piano sing, an art which he himself highlighted in a collection of transcriptions aptly named “The Art of Singing Applied to the Piano”. Published between 1853 and 1863, the collection included Thalberg’s adaptations of popular arias by Bellini, Rossini and Weber and songs by Beethoven and Schubert, but also other vocal works, such as Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem. This nowadays little-known but fascinating chapter in the history of pianism is presented with a substantial booklet which includes the pianist’s own liner notes as well as Thalberg’s foreword, with the master’s advice to those who want their keyboards to sing. 2 CDs. Paul Wee (piano).