Review -- Tarentelle, Op. 25 (1906)

The Tarentelle, Op. 25 is one of Liapunov's best pieces, and as fine a tarantella as has been written by anybody. It is also one of his most difficult pieces, and would make a great finale for any enterprising pianist's recital. In B-flat minor, the Tarentelle employs wide stretches and daring octave leaps that would put it out of the range of any but the most talented amateur -- but the effort will be worth it, and your audience will respond accordingly. As with all of Liapunov's best work, this piece is neither too long nor too short, and it has an infectious tune that, allied with the driving tarantella rhythm, is altogether irresistible.


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