Thalberg's fantasy on Rossini's "Mosè in Egitto" forms a largely forgotten, but significant, footnote in musical history. Thalberg had arrived in Paris in 1835, his piano-playing receiving rave reviews, just as Liszt had left to elope to Geneva with the Countess d'Agoult. Over the next year and a half, the initial speculative comparisons grew and were encouraged in the press, principally by Berlioz (backing Liszt) and Fetis (backing Thalberg). Eventually both performers agreed to appear on the same stage, the event being publicly perceived as a "piano duel". This composition was one of the two pieces performed by Thalberg. This is a live recording from a recital in 2009. I'm not totally happy with the first half where there were some rough passages. It is a demanding paraphrase in the grand style, and I would dearly like the luxury of an editing studio! I'm much happier with the second half (from about 8 mins on). This is in effect a theme and variations on Moses' prayer "Dal tuo stellato soglio", and I've taken to playing it on its own as an encore piece. It's not common to ascribe much in the way of compositional kudos to Thalberg, but I personally think the variations are very cleverly written. I hope this comparative rarity is of interest. Rossini-Thalberg - Fantasy on 'Mosè in Egitto'