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Réminiscences de Norma de Bellini – Grande fantaisie, S394

1831; Norma

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 © 1994


Liszt & Thalberg: Opera transcriptions & fantasies
Studio Master: CDA68320Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 - Liszt at the Opera I


Track 13 on CDA68320 [17'25]
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)

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