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Alkan: Symphony for Solo Piano, etc / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Salut, cendre du pauvre!, paraphrase for piano in B flat major, Op. 45
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Alleluia, for piano in F major, Op. 25
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Super flumina Babylonis (Psalm 137), paraphrase for piano in G minor, Op. 52
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Souvenirs (3), morceaux dans le genre pathetique for piano, Op. 15
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Notes & Reviews:

"Alkan's 'Symphony' for solo piano is far more difficult to bring off than Marc-Andre Hamelin makes it sound... He steamrollers through the scherzo, which is like an industrial strength version of the corresponding movement in Chopin's 'Funeral March' Sonata, and he rides the bucking bronco finale with astonishing ease... given this kind of advocacy the Symphony is certainly an exhilarating experience..." -Gramophone

'Hamelin's playing is not only mind-blowingly virtuosic but powerfully ardent and touchingly sensitive to boot. Absolutely not to be missed!' (www.bn.com)

'This quite exceptional recording confirms Marc-André Hamelin as the greatest living exponent of Alkan's music... spontaneous, inspirational playing in which the architecture of each work, phrasing, astonishing accuracy and articulation, and the full use of the tonal resources of the instrument combine to illuminate these extravagant scores as never before' (International Record Review)

'Hamelin has no equal as an interpreter of Alkan; he inhabits the overheated world of this strange proto-Lisztian figure with a completeness that combines a total mastery of its fearsome technical challenges with an innate understanding of its sometimes elusive emotional content' (The Guardian)

'Marc-André Hamelin puts us further in his debt with another superbly played disc of Alkan... [the Symphony's] big-boned, exorbitantly taxing writing draws appropriately stunning pianism from Hamelin' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ear-boggling... Another self-recommending discographic coup. What next? I'm all ears' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2000-08/31/2000)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Salut, cendre du pauvre!, paraphrase for piano in B flat major, Op. 45
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2000-08/31/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1856

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Alleluia, for piano in F major, Op. 25
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2000-08/31/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1844

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Super flumina Babylonis (Psalm 137), paraphrase for piano in G minor, Op. 52
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2000-08/31/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Souvenirs (3), morceaux dans le genre pathétique for piano, Op. 15
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2000-08/31/2000)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837