Adolfo Fumagalli: Piano Music, Volume One

Adolfo Fumagalli: Piano Music, Volume One

In his brief life Adolfo Fumagalli (1828–56), one of four musician brothers from Inzago, near Milan, made a name for himself across Europe as ‘the Paganini of the piano’, astonishing audiences with his dazzling technique and acquiring an especial reputation for performances using his left hand alone. Fumagalli composed a large body of piano music – over 100 opus numbers – many of them operatic fantasies and virtuosic studies of the type presented in this anniversary recital, recorded in his home town.

Adalberto Maria Riva, piano

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Catalogue No: TOCC0316
EAN/UPC: 5060113443168
Release Date: 07.08.2015
Composer: Adolfo Fumagalli
Artists: Adalberto Maria Riva

Listen To This Recording:

  1. L’Ecole moderne du pianiste, Op. 100: No. 7 Le cloitre: priere du matin
  2. L’Ecole moderne du pianiste, Op. 100: No. 10 Le reveil des ombres: danse fantastique
  3. Grande Fantaisie pour la main gauche sur ‘Robert le diable’ de Meyerbeer, Op. 106
  4. L’Ecole moderne du pianiste, Op. 100: No. 14 La fille de l’air: caprice de legerete
  5. L’Ecole moderne du pianiste, Op. 100: No. 17 La roche du diable: etude de bravoure
  6. Le prophete: Grande fantaisie de bravoure, Op. 43

1 review for Adolfo Fumagalli: Piano Music, Volume One

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    “Happy 10th birthday, Toccata Classics. The creation of indefatigable Martin Anderson, the label has so far released 240 CDs, representing the work of 152 sometimes overlooked, often interesting composers (54 of them living). This disc is a perfect example of its mission to promote neglected music. In his short life, Adolfo Fumagalli (1828-1856), known as the Paganini of the piano, was revered by Liszt for his dazzling technique and compositional skill. Adalberto Maria Riva makes a convincing advocate here, particularly in an extraordinary grande fantasie for left hand based on Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable. The laconic Fumagalli wrote or arranged several pieces for the left hand so, they say, he could hold a cigar with his right while performing.” —The Observer, 20 September 2015

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