Fantasies & Delusions

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Fantasies & Delusions
Studio album by Billy Joel
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded June 1999
Genre Classical
Length 76:17
Label Sony Classical, Columbia
Producer Steve Epstein
Billy Joel chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2000)
Fantasies & Delusions
(2001)
The Essential Billy Joel
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [2]

Fantasies & Delusions is the first (and so far only) album of Billy Joel's classical compositions, released in 2001. The pieces were performed by Richard Joo, who has been a long-time friend of Joel. The album was originally recorded at Cove City Sound Studios, Glen Cove, NY with help from long time production coordinator Bill Zampino and Richie Cannata. The album was re-recorded in Vienna, Austria for final release.

It was Joel's 19th album to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #83 in October 2001.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Billy Joel.

  1. Opus 3. Reverie ("Villa d'Este") – 9:31
  2. Opus 2. Waltz # 1 ("Nunley's Carousel") – 6:58
  3. Opus 7. Aria ("Grand Canal") – 11:08
  4. Opus 6. Invention in C Minor – 1:04
  5. Opus 1. Soliloquy ("On a Separation") – 11:26
  6. Opus 8. Suite for Piano ("Star-Crossed"): I. Innamorato – 7:46
  7. Opus 8. Suite for Piano ("Star-Crossed"): II. Sorbetto – 1:30
  8. Opus 8. Suite for Piano ("Star-Crossed"): III. Delusion – 3:37
  9. Opus 5. Waltz # 2 ("Steinway Hall") – 7:00
  10. Opus 9. Waltz # 3 ("For Lola") – 3:28
  11. Opus 4. Fantasy ("Film Noir") – 8:56
  12. Opus 10. Air ("Dublinesque") – 3:46

Symphonic Fantasies[edit]

In 2003, pianist Jeffrey Biegel approached Joel about a commission for a piano concerto. As an alternative, Joel suggested that Biegel create a piano concerto using pieces from Fantasies and Delusions. Biegel did so, using four of the pieces: "Fantasy (Film Noir)", "Sorbetto", "Reverie (Villa d'Este)", and "Nunley's Carousel Waltz". After Biegel had written the piano part, Nashville composer Philip Keveren composed the orchestral parts. The work, titled "Symphonic Fantasies for Piano and Orchestra", premiered on June 24, 2006 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Biegel was the pianist, accompanied by the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra led by Stuart Malina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fantasies & Delusions". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ [1]