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Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini – Grande fantaisie, S394
composer
1841
composer
1831; Norma

Recordings
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I' (CDA66371/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
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Track 11 on CDA66371/2 CD2 [16'58] 2CDs
Track 11 on CDS44501/98 CD38 [16'58] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini – Grande fantaisie, S394
The Norma Fantasy stands next to that on Don Giovanni for its ability to capture the essence of the operatic drama in a new structure. It is probably for dramatic reasons that Liszt ignored the famous aria ‘Casta Diva’ (which Thalberg used as the basis for his fantasy) but instead chose no fewer than seven other themes for his gloriously elaborate work—a triumph of understanding not just of Bellini’s masterpiece, but of practically all the sound possibilities of the piano in Romantic literature.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990

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