No one has seriously proposed as the test of a composer’s true greatness his ability to compose a listenable waltz. After listening to this CD you may have second thoughts! Four glittering waltzes by Chopin including the “Minute Waltz” (Schumann says the dancers of these Waltzes should be at least countesses!), waltzes of Liszt including seldom recorded complete Valse Oubliee (forgotten Waltzes that really were forgotten*), the intoxicating Waltz from Gounod’s Faust and the demonic Mephisto waltz by Liszt. Also the seldom played Liszt Valse Impromptu and Album Leaf in the Form of a Waltz -waltzes of surprising variety and ingenuity . The Waltz King, Johann Strauss, is represented by the seldom-performed Schulz-Evler arrangement of the most famous waltz of all – The Blue Danube.
*The fourth Valse Oubliee of Liszt was discovered in 1955.
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Critical acclaim for Bisaccia:
"A magical evening which just got better and better... completely passionate in his performance."
The Barrie Examiner Ontario
'Delivered with power, poignancy, authority and aplomb"
Worcester Telegram Gazette
"His fabulous encore with plenty of scintillating, puckish fingerwork on the ivories." The Straits Times, Singapore
"Bisaccia brought the audience to their feet with genuine spontaneous cheers erupting out of sheer joy." Steinway Society of the Bay Area (CA)
"Bisaccia is a serious artist with a compelling presence at the piano."
"For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down." American Record Guide
"You really must hear him!" Brasilia Super Radio FM Brazil
"Earnest vivacity and sparkling virtuosity... infectious excitement." Union-News Springfield (MA)
"George Gershwin would have joined the audience in the standing ovation at the conclusion of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. " The Hartford Courant (CT)
"Prepare to be dazzled!" OnCenter Arts Quarterly,
Hilton Head SC
"It just proves that talent always prevails in these times of mediocrity.Consummate musicianship. " Michael Feinstein