Fantasies & Delusions

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Fantasies & Delusions
Billy Joel - Fantasies & Delusions.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2001
RecordedJune 1999–2001
GenreClassical
Length76:17
LabelSony Classical, Columbia
ProducerSteve Epstein
Billy Joel chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2000)
Fantasies & Delusions
(2001)
The Essential Billy Joel
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[2]

Fantasies & Delusions is the thirteenth and final studio album composed by the American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. It features his longtime friend, the British-Korean pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo, performing compositions written by Billy Joel. It is Joel's only studio album containing classical compositions and it is also his first studio album not to contain any pop/rock songs whatsoever. His previous studio effort was River of Dreams.

Fantasies & Delusions was originally recorded at Cove City Sound Studios, Glen Cove, New York with help from long time production coordinator Bill Zampino and Richie Cannata; later on, the album was re-recorded in Vienna, Austria for final release.

It was Joel's 19th album to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching No. 83 in October 2001. As of 2019, it is his last studio album to date.

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 for Piano and Orchestra"[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. ^ "Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano)". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 18 July 2017.