SIGISMUND THALBERG (1812-1871): Souvenirs de Beethoven: Grande Fantaisie sur la 7e Symphonie de Beethoven, Op. 39, LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Piano Sonatas No. 7 in D, Op. 1/3, No. 9 in E, Op. 14/1 and No. 10 in G, Op. 14/2.
Catalogue Number: 12Q033
Reference: TLS 194
Description: In a big new release month we might not even have offered this - 17 minutes of Thalberg for the price of a full disc - but piano fanciers may find it well worth it. Thalberg's Grande Fantaisie takes almost five minutes to get to the theme from the Seventh's slow movement which he then decorates elaborately but not meretriciously for several minutes before what should appear but the finale of the Fifth which he then builds into an exciting, emotional finale. Not a performance made by editing software either: this whole disc is a live recording from the International Pianist Festival in Böblingen, Germany. Elena Kolesnitchenko (piano).