The Operatic Pianist, Vol. 2 Andrew Wright
- Alfred Jaëll (1832-1882):
- 1Réminiscences de "Norma", Op. 20 (After V. Bellini)11:17
- Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835):
- 2Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza (Arr. A. Wright for Piano)03:06
- Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915):
- 3Andante finale de "Lucia di Lammermoor", Op. 13 (After G. Donizetti)05:04
- Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871):
- 4Fantasia on "Moses", Op. 33 (After G. Rossini)15:21
- Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
- 5Aus "Lohengrin", S. 446 (After R. Wagner): No. 3, Lohengrins Verweis an Elsa04:37
- Andrew Wright (1967- ):
- 6Paraphrase on "Miserere" from "Il Trovatore" (After G. Verdi)05:30
- Theodor Kullak (1818-1882):
- 712 Transcriptions, Op. 6: No. 1, Cavatine de "Robert le diable" (After G. Meyerbeer)05:07
- Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921):
- 8La mort de "Thaïs" (After J. Massenet)08:45
- Franz Liszt:
- 9Phantasiestück über Motive aus "Rienzi", S. 439 (After R. Wagner)07:57
Info for The Operatic Pianist, Vol. 2
In the mid to late 19th century, piano transcriptions allowed access to the classics for the majority of people who could not attend opera or orchestral performances. Franz Liszt was of course one such 'grand opera’ specialist, alongside composers such as Sigismund Thalberg. Andrew Wright is a rarity, in that he is both an expert interpreter and also arranger of operatic themes, and as well as an astonishing virtuoso, enabling the drama of the scene to be preserved.
Following the critical praise given to the original ‘Operatic Pianist’ album (DDA25113), this set includes transcriptions and fantasies by Wright, Thalberg, Liszt, Kullak, Leschetizky and Jaëll and amazingly a fine work by Saint-Saëns receiving its world premiere recording.
Intense, dramatic and full of action this will appeal to both opera lovers and piano aficionados.
Andrew Wright, piano
Andrew Wright was born in Dundee, Scotland, and showed an early interest in music, having his first piano lessons at the age of seven, and giving his first public performance at the age of eleven. Further lessons followed with Dr William Stevenson and latterly with Kenneth van Barthold and Nicholas Pope. In addition to his performing career, Andrew has an active interest in composition and improvisation, and has featured some of his own works in his recital programmes.
During his studies, Andrew acquired a conviction that much of the conventional repertoire is over-exposed, and that there are many hidden gems to be found in the works of lesser-known composers. This belief resulted in him making a detailed study of the minor figures of 19th-century and early 20th-century pianistic history.
This study culminated in 2014 with the release, to critical acclaim, of “The Operatic Pianist”, an album of transcriptions and paraphrases taken from opera. The album included not only established arrangements by Liszt, but also lesser- known pieces by Thalberg, the world premiere of Martucci’s Concert Fantasy on Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, and a selection of three self-penned paraphrases. Of these paraphrases, MusicWeb International commented: “.. hyphenated Wright takes its place alongside hyphenated Liszt and Thalberg, and that represents something of a Himalayan challenge to Wright’s credentials. It’s a measure of his aplomb that his own transcriptions fail to wilt even in the glare of such declamatory historic precedent.”
Andrew has given a multitude of recitals featuring a wide variety of such operatic transcriptions and paraphrases. He also includes lesser-known etudes and compositions within his performance repertoire, and has given recitals at numerous venues throughout the United Kingdom.