Notes and Editorial Reviews
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's
fearsome demands with expressive gusto; the piano sound, though good for the mid Sixties, is at times a touch constricted.
-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Hexameron, S 392 by Franz Liszt
Raymond Lewenthal (Piano)
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.
Le festin d'Esope, No. 12
Barcarolle, Op. 65, No. 6
Symphonie: Allegro moderato, No. 4
Symphonie: Marche funčbre, No. 5
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