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Alkan: Genius / Enigma - Charles Alkan: Etudes, Op. 39; Sonatina; Sonata "les quatre ages"; 3 Morceaux / Vincenzo Maltempo, piano [3 CDs]

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Études dans tous les tons mineurs (12), collection of etudes for piano, Op. 39
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Souvenirs (3), morceaux dans le genre pathétique for piano, Op. 15
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trois grandes études pour les mains séparées et réunies, Op. 76
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3CD set contains the major cyclical works by Alkan: the complete Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39, the Sonata "Les quatre âges" and the Sonatina. These towering works of unprecedented proportions, difficulty and originality form a landmark of 19th century pianism, only comparable with Liszt's compositions in these genres. Alkan's deep musicality and humanity lift these works from mere curiosities (or monstrosities..) to genuine and universal works of art. This set is a reissue of 3 previously released CD's, all played by young Italian Vincenzo Maltempo. Their release caused a true sensation: "exhilarating, a revelation!" (Guardian, selected among the 10 best CD's of 2012), "his playing flashes with summer lightning" (Gramophone), "Maltempo puts his phenomenal technique at the service of his poetic vision"(Piano News), "with this passionate performance Maltempo confirms his place in the restricted circle of Alkan's best performers" (5 star, Diapason) and many more.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The three-disc box here is a reissue of three previous Piano Classics releases: 38 has Etudes 4-5-6-7 (Symphony for Solo Piano) and the Grand Sonata (The Four Ages) and was recorded in November 2011; 56 has Etudes 11 and 12 (Overture and Festin d'Esope), the Sonatine, and Three Morceaux, Op. 15 (Mar/Apr 2013); 61 has Etudes 1-2-3 and 8- 9-10 (Concerto for Solo Piano - Nov/Dec 2014). The material is rearranged here: the Etudes are in order, divided only by the 3 Pieces, on two discs; and the Sonata, Sonatine, and Etude encore are on the third. Maltempo's fascinating booklet notes have been well integrated into a large essay. This is the recording to have when you want all 12 etudes complete. Hamelin in still the best. Your bonus here is having a very good sonata and sonatina - both very significant works and as expertly performed as the Etudes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio I Musicanti, Rome.



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Études dans tous les tons mineurs (12), collection of etudes for piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio I Musicanti, Rome (06/2013); Studio I Musicanti, Rome (11/2011); Studio I Musicanti, Rome (12/2012)
  • Running Time: 119 min. 26 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. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Études dans tous les tons mineurs (12), collection of etudes for piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio I Musicanti, Rome (06/2013); Studio I Musicanti, Rome (11/2011); Studio I Musicanti, Rome (12/2012)
  • Running Time: 119 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trois grandes études pour les mains séparées et réunies, Op. 76 :: no 3 Étude, mouvement semblable et
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1840