Busoni considered Alkan equal to Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, and Raymond Lewenthal measures up to the fearsome demands of this music with expressive gusto.
Busoni considered Alkan equal to Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms where piano music concerned, but he remains a peripheral figure. Le Festin d'Esope clearly illustrates the reasons for his compromised status: although marked by spiralling imagination, his tendency to overstatement sometimes verges dangerously on insanity. The tiny, but ravishing, Barcarolle is perhaps the most completely satisfying piece on the record, although the weirdly expressionist Quasi-Faust movement from his second sonata is always gripping. Raymond Lewenthal measures up to Alkan'sRead more fearsome demands with expressive gusto; the piano sound, though good for the mid Sixties, is at times a touch constricted.
Hexameron, S 392by Franz Liszt Performer:
Raymond Lewenthal (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1837; Paris, France Date of Recording: 04/1966 Venue: Webster Hall, New York City Length: 19 Minutes 21 Secs. Notes: This work was composed in collaboration with Sigismund Thalberg, Johann Peter Pixis, Henri Herz, Carl Czerny and Frédéric Chopin.
Recording and performance brillianceApril 25, 2017By John S. (Castlemaine, VIC)See All My Reviews"The relatively little known music of Alkan will come as a revelation to those, to whom like me, he is a new name. He was a Romantic, a contemporary of Chopin and List with whom he often performed. His music is dynamic and exciting, and by all accounts difficult to play ( though very easy to listen to) . Raymond Lewenthal breezes through the perilous difficulties, in these aggressive yet loving performances. As a bonus we have the delightful and fascinating variations in a theme from Bellini's I PURITANI, in a theme (by List) and 11 variations , each by a different composer. You will want to hear this recording again and again. Recorded in the 1960's with the the new high fidelity 24/96 technology, the recording with it's crystal clarity, belies it's age."Report Abuse