Aria: Opera Without Words

作曲 Alfred Grünfeld , 作曲 Camille Saint-Saëns , 作曲 Erich Wolfgang Korngold , 作曲 Giacomo Puccini , 作曲 Giovanni Sgambati , 作曲 Percy Grainger , 作曲 Richard Wagner , 作曲 Vincenzo Bellini , Piano Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  1. Saint-Saens Medley on themes from Samson et Delilah
  2. Richard Strauss Fantasia on the love duet from Der Rosenkavalier
  3. Puccini O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
  4. Korngold Marietta's Lied (Die Tote Stadt)
  5. Johann Strauss II Soirée de Vienne--paraphrase de concert sur Fledermaus (Die Fledermaus)
  6. Puccini Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
  7. Bellini Casta Diva (Norma)
  8. Gluck Mélodie from Orpheus et Euridice
  9. Puccini A Portrait of Madama Butterfly (Madama Butterfly)
  10. Wagner The Ride Of The Valkyrie (Die Walküre)
French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has had a lifelong devotion to vocal repertoire, and it was inevitable that he would record an "opera without words" program. He is co-arranger of several selections on this disc, which is dedicated by Thibaudet to all the singers with whom he has performed. Listened to in one sitting, the disc is perhaps too much of a good thing. Savored a couple of tracks at a time, however, it offers considerable pleasure. Among today's big-name pianists, Thibaudet is one of those most frequently praised for "singing tone." He displays it exquisitely throughout this program, beginning with the initial track, a fantasy on two arias from Samson et Dalila. Among the other tracks, a few do disappointingly little to enhance what one would find in a piano-vocal score ("Vissi d'arte" is an obvious example). On the other hand, Thibaudet's full technical arsenal is magisterially deployed in "Soirée de Vienne," a concoction of Johann Strauss waltz themes including that of Die Fledermaus; a "sonata-fantasy" based on Madama Butterfly -- at 12 minutes, the longest track on the disc; and Louis Brassin's formidable arrangement of the "Ride of the Valkyries," which Thibaudet tosses off with staggering ease. -- Roger Pines