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Brilliant Classics Piano Library: Alkan

Audio Samples

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>     48 Motifs, Op. 63
>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 : Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Deuxième recueil de chants for Piano, Op. 38 no 2
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages'
>     20 ans
>     30 ans
>     40 ans
>     50 ans
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Toccatina for Piano, Op. 75
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74
>     no 6. Promenade sur l'eau
>     no 10. Gros temps
>     Suite no 1. no 1. Une nuit d'hiver
>     Suite no 4. no 1. Gros temps
>     Suite no 4. no 3. L'Opéra
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petite Fantaisie, for piano, Op. 41/2
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit Conte
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse"
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 1, Op. 38
>     no 1. Assez vivement
>     no 5. Agitatissimo
>     no 6. Barcarolle
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Preludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31
>     no 1 in C
>     no 6 in G minor 'Ancienne mélodie de la
>     no 11 in F 'Un petit rien'
>     no 12 in B flat minor 'Le temps qui n'e
>     no 13 in G flat 'J'étais endormie, mais
>     no 14 in B minor
>     no 8 in A flat minor 'La chanson de la
>     no 15 in B 'Dans le genre gothique'
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 3, Op. 65
>     no 5. Horace et Lydie
>     no 6. Barcarolle
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 4, Op. 67
>     no 2. Chanson de la bonne vielle

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses
>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 : Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Deuxième recueil de chants for Piano, Op. 38 no 2
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages'
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Toccatina for Piano, Op. 75
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petite Fantaisie, for piano, Op. 41/2
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit Conte
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse"
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 1, Op. 38
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Preludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 3, Op. 65
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 4, Op. 67
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Charles Valentin Morhange who adopted the surname Alkan, is surely one of the most eccentric figures in 19th century classical music. His music presents huge technical challenges for the performer, and within his mind boggling set of 12 Etudes, op 39 is a full length Symphony and a Concerto for solo piano. This 3 CD set allows the listener to explore a good selection of this fascinating composer's output. Much of the music is beautiful, and much is of hair-raising difficulty. This set includes the Symphony and the Grande Sonate ‘Les Quatre Ages'. CD 3 features recordings made on an 1858 Pleyel grand piano of the type used by Alkan.



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Works Details

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Nocturne for Piano no 1, Op. 22
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Le festin d'Esope, variations for piano in E minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs no 12), Op. 3
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Preludes (25) for Piano, Op. 31
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Deuxième recueil de chants for Piano, Op. 38 no 2
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages' :: 20 ans
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages' :: 30 ans
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages' :: 40 ans
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate, Op. 33 'Les Quatre Ages' :: 50 ans
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Toccatina for Piano, Op. 75
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Concertgebouw 'De Vereeniging', Nijmegen, The Netherlands (12/20/1989-12/21/1989)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74 :: no 6. Promenade sur l'eau
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1840

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74 :: no 10. Gros temps
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1840

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petite Fantaisie, for piano, Op. 41/2
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit Conte
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : La Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50bis "Esquisse"
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 1, Op. 38 :: no 1. Assez vivement
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 1, Op. 38 :: no 5. Agitatissimo
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 1, Op. 38 :: no 6. Barcarolle
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
  • Performer: Alan Weiss (Piano)
  • Notes: Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon, The Netherlands (03/22/2007-03/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 1 in C
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 6 in G minor 'Ancienne mélodie de la
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 11 in F 'Un petit rien'
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 12 in B flat minor 'Le temps qui n'e
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 13 in G flat 'J'étais endormie, mais
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 14 in B minor
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 8 in A flat minor 'La chanson de la
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : 25 Préludes, Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs et Mineurs, Op. 31 :: no 15 in B 'Dans le genre gothique'
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74 :: Suite no 1. no 1. Une nuit d'hiver
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1840

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74 :: Suite no 4. no 1. Gros temps
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1840

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Les Mois, Op. 74 :: Suite no 4. no 3. L'Opéra
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: by 1840

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 3, Op. 65 :: no 5. Horace et Lydie
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 3, Op. 65 :: no 6. Barcarolle
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trente Chants - Suite no 4, Op. 67 :: no 2. Chanson de la bonne vielle
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Esquisses :: 48 Motifs, Op. 63
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Petit Conte
  • Performer: Stanley Hoogland (Piano)
  • Notes: Maria Minor, Utrecht, The Netherlands (09/16/2002-09/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859