ALFREDO PIATTI (1822-1901): The Operatic Fantasies, Vol. 1 - Capriccio sopra un tema della Niobe for Solo Cello, Op. 22, for Cello and Piano: Souvenir de Beatrice di Tenda*, Souvenir de La Sonnambula, Op. 5*, Souvenir des Puritani, Op. 9*, Fantasia sopra alcuni motivi della Gemma di Vergy, Impromptu on an air by Purcell in the Indian Queen*. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 04U030
Reference: CDE 84642
Description: These recordings stem from manuscripts and long-lost editions generously made available by the Piatti archive in Bergamo. Irresistible in their own right for their eloquence and wizardry these fantasies, through Piatti’s carefully annotated expressive articulations, decorations and fingerings, also offer the listener a fascinating insight into bel canto performance practice from a cellist who had been accompanying singers like Giuditta Pasta, Grisi, Rubini, Lablache, Tamburini, Jenny Lind and Michael Balfe from the tender age of eight through to his time as principal cello at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Adrian Bradbury (cello), Oliver Davis (piano).