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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Complete Recueils de Chants, Vol. 2 / Stephanie McCallum, piano

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 4 (6), for piano, Op. 67
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 5 (6), for piano, Op. 70
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Nocturnes (2), for piano, Op. 57
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit pièces (2), for piano, Op. 60
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Désir, fantasy for piano in A flat major
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Chapeau bas!, for piano in F sharp minor (Fantasticheria no 2)
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the second volume of a two-CD series presenting the first recording of the complete Chants in over 20 years; it also contains the world premiere recording of of Alkan's Chapeau bas! Playing a repertoire from the 18th to the 21st century, Stephanie McCallum is especially noted for her performances of virtuosic music of the 19th century, particularly the music of Liszt and Alkan, and also for her advocacy of demanding contemporary solo and ensemble scores.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Alkan is known for piano pieces of great length and difficulty. Their generic title, Songs, conveys the more lyrical flavor here. McCallum has released at least 15 solo CDs and appeared on another 25. Her concert career began with a Wigmore Hall debut in 1982. I like complete sets, and have been waiting for this to complete the series. Excellent recording quality is something I have come to expect from Toccata; and this release, done in 2012 at the Sydney Conservatory, is among the best. The exemplary booklet notes are by Peter McCallum, professor of musicology at Sydney, a classical music critic, and husband of the pianist. All I can ask is for her to keep going - there is a lot more Alkan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydn (09/16/2012/11/04/2012).



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 4 (6), for piano, Op. 67
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Recueil de Chants Book 5 (6), for piano, Op. 70
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Nocturnes (2), for piano, Op. 57
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit pièces (2), for piano, Op. 60
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Désir, fantasy for piano in A flat major
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Chapeau bas!, for piano in F sharp minor (Fantasticheria no 2)
  • Performer: Stephanie McCallum (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia (09/16/2012/11/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867