Alkan Edition

Release Date: 11/17/2017
Catalog Number: BRI95568
Number of Discs: 13

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Reclusive and eccentric, the French pianist– composer Charles-Valentin Alkan was also undoubtedly one of the greatest pianists who ever lived, and a composer who, like his friend and fellow virtuoso Liszt, pushed the boundaries of what his instrument, and human pianism, could achieve. Again like Liszt, he composed music that was not merely flashy and difficult to play – it tapped a deep comprehension of music history and theory, a flair for the lyrical and the dramatic and of course a vast imagination. Tackling these formidable pieces are eight pianists and one organist, along with the Trio Alkan piano trio and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto under Roberto Fores-Veses, on recordings dating from 1989–2017. Alkan’s great cycles for the piano — the Études in all the minor keys, in all the major keys, the Preludes in every key – feature alongside other large-scale works like the Grandes Études for hands separate and together and the Nocturnes, as well as characterful miniatures like the Chants and Les Mois. Organist Kevin Bowyer demonstrates that Alkan was as much an organ prodigy as anything else, with performances of the Prieres and Little Plainchant Preludes, as well as music for Alkan’s beloved pedal-piano transcribed for the organ.
Works on This Recording
1. Petites Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 60 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alessandro Deljavan (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
2. Grandes Études (3) for Piano, Op. 76 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alessandro Deljavan (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1838 ; France
3. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 35 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Mark Viner (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1848 ; France
4. Toccatina for Piano, Op. 75 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1872 ; France
5. Recueil de Chants Book 1 (6), for piano, Op. 38: No. 6, Barcarolle by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ;
6. Recueil de Chants Book 1 (6), for piano, Op. 38: No. 5, Agitatissimo by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ;
7. Recueil de Chants Book 1 (6), for piano, Op. 38: No. 1, Assez vivement by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ;
8. Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; France
9. Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65: no 6, Barcarolle by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1870 ; France
10. 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
11. 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
12. Les mois, Op. 74: no 12, L'opéra by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1872 ; France
13. Les mois, Op. 74: no 10, Gros temps by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1872 ; France
14. Les mois, Op. 74: no 1, Une nuit d'hiver by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1872 ; France
15. Une fusée, introduction & impromptu for piano in D minor, Op. 55 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Costantino Mastroprimiano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ;
16. Sonatine for Piano, Op. 61 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Costantino Mastroprimiano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; France
17. Nocturnes (2), for piano, Op. 57 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Costantino Mastroprimiano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ;
18. Menuets (3) for Piano, Op. 51 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Costantino Mastroprimiano (Piano)
19. Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; France
20. Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; France
21. Impromptus (4) for Piano, Op. 32 no 1 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1848 ; France
22. Deuxième recueil d'impromptus (4), Op. 32 no 2 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1849 ; France
23. Salut, cendre du pauvre!, Op. 45 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; France
24. Alleluia for Piano, Op. 25 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1844 ; France
25. Rondeau chromatique, Op. 12 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1833 ; France
26. Variations for Piano on a theme from Steibelt, Op. 1 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1828 ; France
27. Super flumina Babylonis, Op. 52 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Laurent [piano] Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1859 ; France
28. Grande Sonata for Piano, Op. 33 "Quatre âges" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1848 ; France
29. Grandes Études (3) for Piano, Op. 76: no 3, Mouvement semblable et perpetual by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
30. Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31: no 8, La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; France
31. Petites Fantaisies (3) for Piano, Op. 41 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
32. La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
33. Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 49, Laus Deo by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; France
34. Capriccio alla soldatesca, Op. 50 no 1 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1859 ; France
35. Minuetto alla tedesca, Op. 46 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
36. Marche Funèbre, Op. 26 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
37. Marche Triumphale, Op. 27 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
38. Concerto, for solo piano in G sharp minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs Nos. 8-10), Op. 39/8-10 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1857 ;
39. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: no 1, Comme le vent by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
40. En rhythme molossique, etude for piano in D minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs No. 2), Op. 39/ by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1857 ; France
41. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: no 3, Scherzo diabolico by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
42. Sonatine for Piano, Op. 61 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861 ; France
43. Morceaux (3) dans la genre pathetique, Op. 15 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1837 ; France
44. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: no 12, Les festin d'Esope by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
45. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: no 11, Ouverture by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
46. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 39: nos 4-7, "Symphonie" by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
47. Grand duo Concertante for Violin and Piano, Op. 21 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano), Kolja Lessing (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alkan Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1840 ; France
48. Sonata de concert for Cello and Piano, Op. 47 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano), Bernhard Schwarz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alkan Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; France
49. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G minor, Op. 30 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano), Kolja Lessing (Violin), Bernhard Schwarz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alkan Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841 ; France
50. Prières (13) for Organ, Op. 64 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1870 ; France
51. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant for Organ by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
52. Impromptu le choral de Luther, Op. 69 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1841 ; France
53. Scherzi (3) for Piano, Op. 16 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; France
54. Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 2 in C sharp minor by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1834 ; England
55. Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 1 in A minor, Op. 10 by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1832 ; France
56. Concerto da camera for Piano and Orchestra no 3 in C sharp minor [fragment] by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer: Giovanni Bellucci (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Period: Romantic
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