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F. Liszt: Ad nos ad salutarem undam; J. Reubke: Sonata on the 94th Psalm
C. Saint Saens: Piano Quartets; E-flat major; B-flat major Op. 41
E. Granados: Chamber Music with Piano
E. Grieg: Complete Violin Sonatas, Op. 8, 13, 45
F. Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28; M. Ravel: La Valse, transcription
F. Chopin: Piano Works, I (Ballade Op. 47; Mazurkas Op. 63; Nocturnes Op. 62; Prelude Op. 45)
F. Chopin: Piano Works, II (Sonata No. 3 Op. 58; Valses Op. 64; Mazurkas Op. 59; Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61)
F. Chopin: Piano Works, III (Ballades Op. 23, 38, 52; Mazurkas Op. 50; Impromptu Op. 51; Polonaise Op. 53 'Eroic')
A. Rubinstein: Complete Violin & Piano Works [3-album set]
F. Chopin: Scherzos Op. 20, 31, 39, 54; Polonaise Op. 53 'Eroic'; Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61

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Luca Fanfoni plays G. Verdi: Fantasias from Arias (Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata, Don Carlos, Aida)


G. Verdi: Fantasias from Arias (Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata, Don Carlos, Aida)

Luca Fanfoni
Simone Savina, Piano

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Romantic/19th Century (1820 - 1900)
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During the second half of the 1800's the incredible spreading of a genre of compositions, now in disuse, became very popular in Italy. It consisted in fantasies, rimembranze and various kinds of reductions for every level of difficulty and kind of instrument, for opera music.At the time, melodramma was also a source of “music” and, precisely, because theatres weren't always running, or in the case of smaller towns, where there were no theatres, the people were content to listen to the music of the operas, or even just the most famous arias of the operas.
Unlike "refined music" melodramma had its resonance also amongst the common people thanks to the use of automatic organs. Above all, however, the wealthier classes were staging the operas - or part of them - in their drawing rooms with the help of transcribed melodies for song (or violin) and piano. In Italy, it was Verdi's music that inspired the greater part of these transcriptions; these were made available for the press and thus became a means of publicity for the more complete form of opera performed at theatre.


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