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Alkan: Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages"; Symphonie pour Piano Solo / Vincenzo Maltempo, piano

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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trois grandes etudes pour les mains separees et reunies, Op. 76
>     Etude n. 3. Mouvement semblable et

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trois grandes etudes pour les mains separees et reunies, Op. 76
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Notes & Reviews:

Any new recording of Charles-Valentin Alkan is an event, which hopefully widens the public appreciation of this still unknown genius of the French Romantic period. After unsuccessful efforts at a brilliant concert career, Alkan went into reclusion, concentrating on teaching and composing his totally unique oeuvre, mainly written for solo piano. One of the greatest virtuosos of his time (even Liszt was nervous in his presence) he wrote piano music of the most colossal proportions, scope and difficulty. This new recording by the young and extraordinarily gifted young Italian, Vincenzo Maltempo, brings together two of Alkan's masterworks: the 'Grande Sonata' "Les Quatre Ages" (in which Alkan musically describes the several stages of Man's Life, from exuberant youth to tragic old age), and the 'Symphonie pour piano solo', a dramatic four movement work in Classical/Romantic style. As an encore we have the fiendishly difficult 'Etude for two hands unisono', a pianistic tour de force.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: I Musicanti Studio, Rome, Italy (11/2011).



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>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 : Symphonie, for solo piano in C minor, Op. 39/4-7
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1846-1857

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Trois grandes études pour les mains séparées et réunies, Op. 76 :: Etude n. 3. Mouvement semblable et
  • Performer: Vincenzo Maltempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1840