Chopin wrote:Thalberg plays famously, but he is not my man. He is younger than I, pleases the ladies very much, makes potpourris on La Muette, plays the forte and the piano with the pedal, but not with the hand, takes tenths as easily as I do octaves, and wears studs with diamonds. Moscheles does not at all astonish him; therefore it is no wonder that only the tuttis of my concerto have pleased him. He, too, writes concertos
lol...and this was from the early beginnings of Chopin's fame. So who is this Thalberg guy again? He was quite the rage in his time, but he hasn't a single recording on Piano Society. I found a few on YouTube (no concertos!), though. Here's one:
Moses in Egypt
Well, it's not that great, in my opinion. Something that's both not that great and virtuosic is bound to get ignored, right?
But I can think of some examples of virtuosic music that isn't that great that remains to be popular today, so that can't be it...
What do you guys think of Thalberg?