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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Song of the Madwoman on the Seashore, piano works / Vicenzo Maltempo; piano

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petites Fantaisies (3) for Piano, Op. 41
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Minuetto alla tedesca, for piano A minor, Op. 46
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Marche funèbre, for piano in B major, Op. 26
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Marche triomphale, for piano in B major, Op. 27 (or Op. 24)
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : From Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Capriccio alla soldatesca, for piano in A minor, Op. 50
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse"
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Preludes OP. 31
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : The Esquisses Op. 63
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vincenzo Maltempo continues to establish himself not only as an Alkan champion with his fifth Alkan CD but also as a pianist of extraordinary power, sensitivity and intellect. This recital presents some of the composer's quirky and eccentric works, not necessarily of epic proportions but rather on a small scale, concentrating manically on a single idea, creating a hallucinatory and mesmerizing effect (or simply hilarious...). Maltempo's previous Alkan Piano Classics recordings received rave reviews in the international press, including 5-star reviews in Diapason and Piano News.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Maltempo's single disc is his most recent recording and is performed on an 1899 Erard piano. His selections were specifically chosen to show the less homogenous and somewhat clearer sounds produced by pianos of the late 1800s. The Marches with their drum imitations, the clangorous virtuoso passages, and the quiet low chords of the seashore are all very effective on an older piano. This one is the best of the three discs I now have that use 19th Century pianos for Alkan. Constantino Mastroprimiano gave us a wonderful program (Brilliant 94341, Mar/Apr 2015) performed on an 1865 Pleyel piano. Stanley Hoogland (Brilliant 94033, July/Aug 2008) played an 1858 Pleyel.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014).



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Works Details

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petites Fantaisies (3) for Piano, Op. 41
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Minuetto alla tedesca, for piano A minor, Op. 46
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Marche funèbre, for piano in B major, Op. 26
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1844

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Marche triomphale, for piano in B major, Op. 27 (or Op. 24)
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1844

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : From Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant :: no 6, Poco lento
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Capriccio alla soldatesca, for piano in A minor, Op. 50
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse"
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Preludes OP. 31 :: no 8 Chanson de la folle au bord de la mer
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : The Esquisses Op. 63 :: no 49 Laus Deo
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Notes: Atelier Marco Barletta, Chiavari, Italy (09/02/2014-09/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861