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Alkan: Piano Works / Stanley Hoogland, Alan Weiss


Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94033   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan WeissStanley Hoogland
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Charles Valentin Morhange (1813-88) who adopted the surname Alkan, is surely one of the most eccentric figures in 19th century classical music. Probably one of the most prodigiously gifted virtuosos of all time, he was nicknamed 'The Berlioz of the Piano. He wrote almost exclusively for solo piano, yet preferred during his short public career as a pianist to play. A reclusive figure, he lived alone in his apartment in Paris (with only his parrot for company), and met an unfortunate end crushed under a bookcase that fell on him as he reached for a copy of the Talmud -- he was also a scholar of Judaism.

In his early twenties he played for Cramer and Moscheles, and became a lifelong friend of Chopin, as well the next door
Read more neighbour of Chopin and George Sand in the Square d'Orleans. He also was friends with Liszt, Hiller, Berlioz and Mendelssohn. His music presents huge technical challenges for the performer, and within his mind boggling set of 12 Etude op39 is a full length Symphony and a Concerto for solo piano -- the first movement of the latter running to 30 minutes -- some etude!

This 3CD set allows the listener to explore a good selection of this fascinating composer's output. Much of the music is beautiful, and much is of hair-raising difficulty. Alkan is a major figure among 19th century composers for the piano.

This set includes the Symphony and the Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages'.

Other information
- CD3 features recordings made on an 1858 Pleyel grand piano of the type used by Alkan
- Extensive booklet notes by Stanley Hoogland
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 12 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Les mois, Op. 74: no 10, Gros temps by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 5, Horace et Lydie by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 6, Barcarolle by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 10, Increpatio by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 11, Les soupirs by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 46, Le Premier Billet Doux by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Petit Conte by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 2, Le staccatissimo by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 3, Le legatissimo by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 21, Morituri te salutant by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 47, Scherzetto by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
14.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: no 12, Les festin d'Esope by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
15.
Deuxième recueil de chants for Piano, Op. 38 no 2: no 2, Fa by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Grande Sonata for Piano, Op. 33 "Quatre âges" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1848; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
17.
Toccatina for Piano, Op. 75 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Les mois, Op. 74: no 6, Promenade sur l'eau by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
19.
Petites Fantaisies (3) for Piano, Op. 41: no 2, Andantino by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
20.
La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 1, Assez vivement by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
22.
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: nos 4-7, "Symphonie" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
23.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 1, Lentement by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
24.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 6, Ancienne mélodie de la synagogue by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
25.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 11 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
26.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 12 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
27.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 13, J'étais endormie, mais mon couer veillait by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
28.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 14 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
29.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 8, La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
30.
Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 15 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
31.
Les mois, Op. 74: no 1, Une nuit d'hiver by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
32.
Les mois, Op. 74: no 10, Gros temps by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
33.
Les mois, Op. 74: no 12, L'opéra by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1872; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
34.
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 5, Horace et Lydie by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
35.
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 6, Barcarolle by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
36.
Quatrième recueil de chants for Piano, Op. 67: no 2, Chanson de la bonne víeille by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1870; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
37.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 1, La Vision by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
38.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 4, Les cloches by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
39.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 8, Pseudo-Naiveté by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
40.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 10, Increpatio by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
41.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 11, Les soupirs by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
42.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 35, Musique militaire by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
43.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 43, Notturnino-innamorato by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
44.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 46, Le Premier Billet Doux by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
45.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 48, En songe by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
46.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 49, Laus Deo by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
47.
Petit Conte by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  Maria Minor Church, Utrecht, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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