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Stephen J. Haller
American Record Guide, August 2000

"The best of the solo pieces is the Souvenirs de Beethoven, subtitled Grande Fantaisie pour le Piano sur la 7e Symphonie de Beethoven, though there are echoes of the Fifth Symphony finale as well.

"The piano concerto is a work of great melodic charm and rhythmic invention that deserves to be heard a lot more often. It's not unlike the concertos written by Chopin around the same time.the soloist often speeding off in a flurry of octaves while the orchestra plays catch-up.

"The Razoumovsky players are ably led by Mogrelia, and you couldn't ask for better sound. This Naxos as well as Nicolosi's earlier Marco Polo recitals may well take care of the Thalberg portion of your CD library for some time to come."



Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, July 2000

"Thalberg's notey barrages pose no problems for Francesco Nicolosi."



Michael Stewart
Gramophone, July 2000

"Francesco Nicolosi provides very fine performances throughout."



Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), June 2000

"This is not just one for the collector of the weird and wonderful, but should provide enjoyment to anyone keen to find out more about one of the most colourful characters among 19th-century piano virtuosos.

"Italian pianist Francesco Nicolosi brings to [the Piano Concerto in F] a sunny exuberance and attractive, singing fluency. The solo pieces exude both pianistic brilliance and lyrical charm."



Jeremy Nicholas
International Record Review, June 2000

"Nicolosi has mounted a one-man Thalberg revival with three previous discs of Thalberg's operatic paraphrases and one of Les soirees de Pausilippe (all on Marco Polo)...[His] accounts of all these works [add] to our knowledge of one of the most celebrated pianist-composers of the first half of the nineteenth century-and at a bargain price."






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