Donizetti: Sonatas and Waltzes for Piano & Four Hands Piano Works

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Donizetti: Sonatas and Waltzes for Piano & Four Hands Piano Works

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27th Feb 2012




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Donizetti: Sonatas and Waltzes for Piano & Four Hands Piano Works


Adagio ed Allegro in G Major

Capriccio in Symphony

Gloomy March (for piano four hands)

Piano Sonata 'a quattro sanfe'

Piano Sonata 'The unusual sonata'

Sonata in A major for piano four hands

Sonata in B flat major for piano four hands

Sonata in C major for piano four hands

Sonata in D major for piano four hands

Sonata in G major for piano four hands

Sinfonia in A Major

Sinfonia in C Major

Sinfonia in C Major II

Sinfonia in D Major

Sinfonia in D Major II

Symphony 'La Partenza'

Waltz in G major (four hands)

Waltz No. 1 in C major

Waltz No. 2 in C major

Waltz No. 3 in A major

Waltz No. 4 in A major

Elisabetta Dessi, Franco Calabretto & Eddi de Nadai (pianos)

CD - 2 discs


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When one speaks of Donizetti, it is usually with reference to his operas: as a leading figure of the ‘bel canto’ tradition, he composed what are today some of the most popular and widely performed dramas in opera houses around the world – La fille du Regiment, L’Elisir d’Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor immediately spring to mind.

This 2CD compilation, however, is dedicated to a little-known area of his output: his solo piano and piano duet works. One shouldn’t forget that around the time Donizetti was maturing as a composer, the piano was fast becoming established as the entertainment centre in middleclass 19th-century homes: like those written by Wagner, Rossini, Offenbach and a string of other famous operatic figures, Donizetti intended his piano works for domestic use.

There’s everything to delight the listener in these digital recordings. While idiomatic in terms of keyboard layout and textural effect, they still manage to incorporate Donizetti’s infectious tune spinning together with such operatic devices as chordal introductions, long tremolos and the occasional dramatic silence. With the ambience of the theatre thus prevailing, this release presents a fine opportunity to become better acquainted with an area of Donizetti’s repertoire that deserves to be better known.

Recorded 1993–1996

New booklet note by piano music specialist Jed Distler.

BBC Music Magazine

July 2012


“You can take Donizetti out of the opera house but you can't take the opera house out of Donizetti. The Waltzes outstay their welcome, but the Sonatas and Sinfonias are scintillating.”

MusicWeb International

July 2012

“On the evidence of these discs, Donizetti was a pianist with an intelligent understanding of idiom, imbuing his works with a sense of spaciousness, approachability and variety...the result is a double CD of great geniality that should appeal to music-lovers of all persuasions.”

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