Alkan: Le Festin d’Esope, Sonatine, Trois Morceaux Op. 15
[…] The works of Alkan require a truly transcendental pianism, a cool head and a remarkable coolness in front of the features and sounds of an oddity that remain unsurpassed, both in his time and in those to come.
The fierce Festin Esope which opens the CD of Vincenzo Maltempo, author of a text of great richness, is presented as a series of variations each most insane than the others. The Italian pianist, whose skills and precision are truly remarkable [...], gives us a fiery execution always well substained. He outclasses Raymond Lewenthal (RCA), who is not always clear and precise and whose sound is quite unappealing, but also that of Ronald Smith (EMI), rather dull and without follies. […]
In the Trois Morceux dans le genre pathétique [...] Maltempo puts all his sensitivity, his lyricism, his clarity of formal conception, the warmth of its marks in the service of this disturbing cycle. […]
With this passionate record Maltempo confirms his place in the restricted circle of Alkan’s best performers.
Bertrand Boissard, Diapason, Sept. 2013, 5 * * * * *