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Published on Sep 3, 2006
Sigismond Thalberg's virtuoso fantasy on Rossini's "Moses in Egypt". This composition was played by Thalberg at his piano duel with Liszt. In the closing section, Thalberg certainly lives up to his nickname of "Old Arpeggio".
Thalberg's compositions are very rarely played nowadays. His operatic transcriptions make up a large proportion of his output, and while as a collective whole Liszt's are better, I think that Thalberg's best transcriptions are worthwhile pieces of music, in some cases every bit as good as Liszt's, and certainly deserve to be heard.