In the spirit of Liszt, but taking the music of an opera he could not have known (it was first performed in 1892), the Réminiscences de l’opéra ‘La Wally’ de Catalani
is an old-fashioned operatic fantasy, based for the most part upon the famous aria Ebben’ ne andrò lontano
– a melody recently made even more popular by its essential part in the plot of the magnificent film Diva
. The fantasy was composed in 1988 and exploits the particular and sometimes eerie sound that the piano can make with quiet chords of wide intervals, mostly tenths and elevenths.
from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004