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Alkan: Le Festin d'Esope; 3 Morceaux; Ouvertures; Sonatine / Vincenzo Maltempo, piano

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Le festin d'Esope, variations for piano in E minor (Etudes dans tous les tons mineurs no 12), Op. 3
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Souvenirs (3), morceaux dans le genre pathetique for piano, Op. 15
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Overture, for piano in B minor (Etudes dans tous les tons mineurs no 11), Op. 39/11
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
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Notes & Reviews:

Vincenzo Maltempo's previous Alkan CD (PCL0038) received the highest praise from international critics. On his new recording Maltempo plays the famous Le Festin d'Esope, the seldom played Trois Morceaux dans le genre pathétique, the Ouverture in grand quasi-orchestral style, and the fiendishly difficult Sonatine. An exciting release for all lovers of transcendent pianism!

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Alkan was a composer was recommended for a professor's position at the Geneva Consevatoire by Liszt in 1836. Liszt was the dedicatee and also wrote a favorable review of the Trois Morceaux dans le Genre Pathetique, which is a rather remarkable early (1838) Alkan work. At over 31 minutes, these are big works that are new to me and well worth getting to know. Maltempo's creativity and musicality are vital here. This is one of the best Alkan releases to come my way in years and I will return to it often.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio I Musicanti, Rome (12/2012).



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Le festin d'Esope, variations for piano in E minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs no 12), Op. 3
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Souvenirs (3), morceaux dans le genre pathétique for piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Overture, for piano in B minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs no 11), Op. 39/11
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861