Fantasia from I Puritani

Luigi Bassi
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SMC SU145/ HL 3775967

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Luigi Bassi (1833 - 1871) replaced Ernesto Cavallini as principle clarinet at the La Scala opera house in Milan in 1854.  A graduate of the Milan conservatory, Bassi was considered one of the best Italian clarinetists of his day.  As was common in nineteenth-century Italy, Bassi's clarinet works are mostly based on opera themes from the great opera composers of his day, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, and others.  Today, his best-known work is the Concert Fantasia on Movtives from Verdi's opera "Rigoletto", which is but one of the 13 or so opera fantasies that he wrote for clarinet.