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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Complete Recueils de Chants, Vol. 1 / Stephanie McCallum, piano

> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 1. Assez vivement
> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 2. Serenade: Quasi-allegretto
> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 3. Choeur: Allegro
> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 4. L'Offrande: Andantino
> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 5. Agitatissimo
> Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 6. Barcarolle: Andante
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 1. Hymne: Adagio
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 2. Allegretto
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 3. Chant de guerre: Allegro
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 4. Procession-Nocturne: Andantino
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 5. Andantino
> Deuxieme recueil de chants, Op. 38 - No. 6. Barcarolle en choeur: Andante
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 1. Vivante
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 2. Esprits follets: Prestissimo
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 3. Canon: Assez vivement - Assez doucement
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 4. Tempo giusto
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 5. Horace et Lydie: Vivacissimo
> Troisieme recueil de chants, Op. 65 - No. 6. Barcarolle: Assez lentement
> Une fusee, Op. 55 - Une fusee, Op. 55

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 1 (6), for piano, Op. 38
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 2 (6), for piano, Op. 38b
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 3 (6), for piano, Op. 65
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Une fusee, introduction & impromptu for piano in D minor, Op. 55
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The wild originality of Alkan was little appreciated during his lifetime (1813 - 88), nor during the century which followed, when he was largely lost from sight. But now Alkan is increasingly recognized as one of the most individual personalities in music. The 5 albums he called Miniature Tone-Poems provide a gateway to his freewheeling imagination.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
I like complete sets, with all their variety; and given McCallum's ability to navigate Alkan's treacherous waters, this would be my preferred set. Excellent recording quality is something I have come to expect from Toccata; and this release, done in 2012 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is among the best. The booklet notes by Peter McCallum, professor of musicology at the University of Sydney, a classical music critic and husband of the pianist, are exemplary. I eagerly await the next volume.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012-02-26&2012-05-27&2012-).



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 1 (6), for piano, Op. 38
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012-02-26&2012-05-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 2 (6), for piano, Op. 38b
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012-02-26&2012-05-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 3 (6), for piano, Op. 65
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012-02-26&2012-05-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Une fusée, introduction & impromptu for piano in D minor, Op. 55
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2012-02-26&2012-05-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859