Alkan Genius-Enigma – 3CD
- Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39
- Comme le Vent
- En rhythme molossique
- Scherzo Diabolico
- Symphonie pour piano seul
- Concerto pour piano seul
- Le festin d’Ésope
- 3 Morceaux dans le genre pathétique Op. 15
- Grande sonate Op. 33 “Les quatre âges”
- Sonatine Op. 61
- Etude Op. 76 No. 3
This 3 CD 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.
Piano Classics 3cds PCLM0088