Alkan Edition

Alkan Edition
Composer Charles Henri Valentin Alkan
Artist Various artists
Format 13 CD
Cat. number 95568
EAN code 5028421955681
Release November 2017

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Reclusive and eccentric, the French pianist–composer Charles-Valentin Alkan was also undoubtedly one of the greatest pianists who ever lived, and a composer who, like his friend and fellow-virtuoso Liszt, pushed the boundaries of what his instrument, and human pianism, could achieve. Again like Liszt, he composed music that was not merely flashy and difficult to play – it tapped a deep comprehension of music history and theory, a flair for the lyrical and the dramatic and of course a vast imagination.

Tackling these formidable pieces are eight pianists and one organist, along with the Trio Alkan piano trio and the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto under Roberto Foreìs-Veses, on recordings dating from 1989–2017. Alkan’s great cycles for the piano — the Études in all the minor keys (Vincenzo Maltempo), in all the major keys (Mark Viner), the Préludes in every key (Laurent Martin) – feature along side other large-scale works like the Grandes Études for hands separate and together (Alessandro Deljavan) and the Nocturnes (Alan Weiss, Costantino Mastroprimiano), as well as characterful miniatures like the Chants and Les Mois (Stanley Hoogland). Organist
Kevin Bowyer demonstrates that Alkan was as much an organ prodigy as anything else, with performances of
the Prières and Little Plainchant Préludes, as well as music for Alkan’s beloved pedal-piano transcribed for the organ.

A welcome and much-needed tribute to the most neglected Genius of the 19th century: Charles-Valentin Alkan.
Charles-Valentin Alkan was one of the most important pianists and piano-composers of the 19th century, although he lived the largest part of his life in obscurity and seclusion. He was a close friend of Chopin (they were neighbours in Paris) and he was the only pianist in whose presence the great Franz Liszt was nervous to play.
Alkan’s works reveal a strikingly original genius, they range from the smallest miniatures to the most colossal creations, from the bizarre to the grandiose, from the intimate to the heroic.
This Edition includes the major piano works: both cycles Studies in all the minor and major keys (Op. 39 and 35), the Grande Sonata, the Concerti da Camera, organ works and chamber music.
Played (among others) by today’s best Alkan interpreters: Giovanni Bellucci, Mark Viner and above all Vincenzo Maltempo, who received several glowing 5-star reviews for his performances: “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.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: I. Comme le vent, prestissimamente in A Minor
  2. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: II. En rhythme molossique, risoluto in D Minor
  3. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: III. Scherzo diabolico, prestissimo in G Minor
  4. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: IV. Allegro moderato in C Minor
  5. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: V. Marche funèbre. Andantino in F Minor
  6. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: VI. Menuet in B-Flat Minor
  7. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs, Op. 39: VII. Finale. Presto in E-Flat Minor
  8. 3 Morceaux dans le genre pathétique, Op. 15: I. Aime-moi
  9. 3 Morceaux dans le genre pathétique, Op. 15: II. Le vent
  10. 3 Morceaux dans le genre pathétique, Op. 15: III. Morte

Disk 2

  1. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39: VIII. Allegro assai in G-Sharp Minor
  2. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39: IX. Adagio in C-Sharp Minor
  3. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39: X. Allegretto alla barbaresca in F-Sharp Minor
  4. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39: XI. Ouverture. Maestoso in B Minor
  5. 12 Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39: XII. Le festin d’Ésope. Allegretto senza licenza quantunque in E Minor

Disk 3

  1. Grande Sonate “les quatre âges”, Op. 33: I. 20 ans – Scherzo. Très vite, décidément
  2. Grande Sonate “les quatre âges”, Op. 33: II. 30 ans, quasi-Faust – Assez vite, sataniquement
  3. Grande Sonate “les quatre âges”, Op. 33: III. 40 ans, un heureux ménage – Lentement, avec tendresse et quiétitude
  4. Grande Sonate “les quatre âges”, Op. 33: IV. 50 ans, prométhée enchaîné – Extrêmement lent
  5. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro vivace
  6. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: II. Allegramente
  7. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: III. Scherzo–menuetto
  8. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: IV. Tempo giusto
  9. 3 Grandes études, Op. 76: III. Mouvement semblable et perpétuel

Disk 4

  1. Étude No. 1 in A Major, Op. 35
  2. Étude No. 2 in D Major, Op. 35
  3. Étude No. 3 in G Major, Op. 35
  4. Étude No. 4 in C Major, Op. 35
  5. Étude No. 5 in F Major, Op. 35. Allegro barbaro
  6. Étude No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 35
  7. Étude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, Op. 35. L’Incendie au village voisin
  8. Étude No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 35
  9. Étude No. 9 in C-Sharp Major, Op. 35. Contrapunctus
  10. Étude No. 10 in G-Flat Major, Op. 35. Chant d’amour – Chant de mort
  11. Étude No. 11 in B Major, Op. 35
  12. Étude No. 12 in E Major, Op. 35

Disk 5

  1. Esquisses Op.63: I. La vision
  2. Esquisses Op.63: II. Le staccatissimo
  3. Esquisses Op.63: III. Le legatissimo
  4. Esquisses Op.63: IV. Les cloches
  5. Esquisses Op.63: V. Les initiés
  6. Esquisses Op.63: VI. Fuguette
  7. Esquisses Op.63: VII. Le frisson
  8. Esquisses Op.63: VIII. Pseudo-naïveté
  9. Esquisses Op.63: IX. Confidence
  10. Esquisses Op.63: X. Increpatio
  11. Esquisses Op.63: XI. Les soupirs
  12. Esquisses Op.63: XII. Barcarollette
  13. Esquisses Op.63: XIII. Ressouvenir
  14. Esquisses Op.63: XIV. Duettino
  15. Esquisses Op.63: XV. Tutti de concerto dans le genre ancient
  16. Esquisses Op.63: XVI. Fantaisie
  17. Esquisses Op.63: XVII. Petit prélude a 3
  18. Esquisses Op.63: XVIII. Liedchen
  19. Esquisses Op.63: XIX. Grâces
  20. Esquisses Op.63: XX. Petite marche villageoise
  21. Esquisses Op.63: XXI. Morituri te salutant
  22. Esquisses Op.63: XXII. Innocenza
  23. Esquisses Op.63: XXIII. L’Homme aux sabots
  24. Esquisses Op.63: XXIV. Contredanse
  25. Esquisses Op.63: XXV. La poursuite
  26. Esquisses Op.63: XXVI. Petit air
  27. Esquisses Op.63: XXVII. Rigaudon
  28. Esquisses Op.63: XXVIII. Inflexibilité
  29. Esquisses Op.63: XXIX. Délire
  30. Esquisses Op.63: XXX. Petit air dolent
  31. Esquisses Op.63: XXXI. Debut de quatuor
  32. Esquisses Op.63: XXXII. Minuettino
  33. Esquisses Op.63: XXXIII. Fais dodo
  34. Esquisses Op.63: XXXIV. Odi profanum vulgus et arceo
  35. Esquisses Op.63: XXXV. Musique militaire
  36. Esquisses Op.63: XXXVI. Toccatina
  37. Esquisses Op.63: XXXVII. Scherzettino
  38. Esquisses Op.63: XXXVIII. Les bons souhaits
  39. Esquisses Op.63: XXXIX. Heraclite et democrite
  40. Esquisses Op.63: XL.Attendez-moi sous l’orme
  41. Esquisses Op.63: XLI. Les enharmoniques
  42. Esquisses Op.63: XLII. Petit air
  43. Esquisses Op.63: XLIII. Notturnino Innamorato
  44. Esquisses Op.63: XLIV. Transports
  45. Esquisses Op.63: XLV. Les diablotins
  46. Esquisses Op.63: XLVI. Le premier billet doux
  47. Esquisses Op.63: XLVII. Scherzetto
  48. Esquisses Op.63: XLVIII. En songe
  49. Esquisses Op.63: XLIX. Laus deo

Disk 6

  1. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: I. Lentement
  2. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: II. Assez lentement
  3. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: III. Dans le genre ancient. Très lentement
  4. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: IV. Prière du soir. Assez lentement
  5. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: V. Psaume 150me. Avec enthousiasme
  6. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: VI. Ancienne mélodie de la synagogue. Andante flebile
  7. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: VII. Librement mais sans secousses
  8. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: VIII. La Chanson de la folle au bord de la mer. Lentement
  9. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: IX. Placiditas. Tranquillement
  10. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: X. Dans le style fugue. Très vite
  11. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XI. Un petit rien. Assez vite
  12. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XII. Le temps qui n’est plus. Andante
  13. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XIII. J’étais endormie, mais mon coeur veillait… (Cantique des cantiques 5:2). Lentement
  14. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XIV. Rapidement
  15. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XV. Dans le genre gothique. Assez vite et avec beaucoup de grâce
  16. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XVI. Assez lentement
  17. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XVII. Rêve d’amour. Assez vite
  18. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XVIII. Romance. Sans trop de movement
  19. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XIX. Prière du matin. Vite
  20. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XX. Modérément vite et bien caracterisé
  21. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XXI. Doucement
  22. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XXII. Anniversaire. Assez lentement
  23. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XXIII. Assez vite
  24. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XXIV. Étude de velocité. Prestissimo
  25. 25 Préludes, Op. 31: XXV. Prière. Lentement

Disk 7

  1. 1er Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: I. Vaghezza
  2. 1er Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: II. L’Amitié
  3. 1er Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: III. Fantasietta alla moresca
  4. 1er Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: IV. La foi
  5. 2e Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: I. Andantino
  6. 2e Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: II. Mesto, allegretto
  7. 2e Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: III. Vivace
  8. 2e Recueil d’impromptus, Op. 32: IV. Andante flebile
  9. Salut, cendre du pauvre! Op. 45
  10. Alleluia in F Major, Op. 25
  11. Rondeau chromatique, Op. 12
  12. Variations sur un thème de Steibelt in E Major, Op. 1
  13. Super flumina Babylonis, paraphrase du psaume 137 in G Minor, Op. 52

Disk 8

  1. Nocturne in B Major, Op. 22
  2. Toccatina, Op. 75
  3. Chants, Op. 38a: I. Assez vivement
  4. Chants, Op. 38a: V. Agitatissimo
  5. Chants, Op. 38a: VI. Barcarolle
  6. 3 Grandes Études, Op. 76: I. Fantaisie in A-Flat Major
  7. 3 Grandes Études, Op. 76: II. Introduction, variations et finale in D Major
  8. 3 Grandes Études, Op. 76: III. Mouvement semblable et perpetual in C Minor
  9. 2 Petites pieces, Op. 60: I. Ma chère liberté
  10. 2 Petites pieces, Op. 60: II. Ma chère servitude

Disk 9

  1. 3 Petites fantaisies, Op. 41: I. Assez gravement
  2. 3 Petites fantaisies, Op. 41: II. Andantino
  3. 3 Petites fantaisies, Op. 41: III. Presto
  4. Minuetto alla tedesca in A Minor, Op. 46
  5. Marche funèbre, Op. 26
  6. Marche triomphale, Op. 27
  7. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: VI. Poco lento
  8. Capriccio alla soldatesca, Op. 50
  9. Le tambour bat aux champs. Op. 50bis
  10. 25 Preludes, Op. 31: VIII. La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer. Lentement in A-Flat Minor
  11. Esquisses, Op. 63: XLIX. Laus deo

Disk 10

  1. Trois menuets, Op. 51: I. Tempo giusto in E-Flat Major
  2. Trois menuets, Op. 51: II. Tempo debole in G Minor
  3. Trois menuets, Op. 51: III. Tempo nobile in G Major
  4. Une fusée in D Minor, Op. 55: I. Introduction et impromptu
  5. 2e Nocturne in B minor, Op. 57
  6. 3e Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 57
  7. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro vivace
  8. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: II. Allegramente
  9. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: III. Scherzo–Minuetto
  10. Sonatine in A Minor, Op. 61: IV. Tempo giusto
  11. Les mois, Op. 74: I. Une nuit d’hiver
  12. Les mois, Op. 74: X. Gros temps
  13. Les mois, Op. 74: XII. L’Opéra
  14. Recueil de chants, Op. 65: V. Horace et Lydie
  15. Recueil de chants, Op. 65: VI. Barcarolle
  16. Recueil de chants, Op. 67: II. Chanson de la bonne vieille

Disk 11

  1. Grand duo concertant in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 21: I. Assez animé
  2. Grand duo concertant in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 21: II. L’Enfer. Lentement
  3. Grand duo concertant in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 21: III. Finale. Aussi vite que possible
  4. Sonate de concert in E Major, Op. 47: I. Allegro molto
  5. Sonate de concert in E Major, Op. 47: II. Allegrettino
  6. Sonate de concert in E Major, Op. 47: III. Adagio
  7. Sonate de concert in E Major, Op. 47: IV. Finale alla saltarella. Prestissimo
  8. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 30: I. Assez largement
  9. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 30: II. Très vite
  10. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 30: III. Lentement
  11. Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 30: IV. Vite

Disk 12

  1. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: III. Rondo. Allegro
  4. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: II. Adagio
  6. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: III. A tempo primo
  7. Concerto da camera No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, Op. 10: I. Andante pour piano et cordes avec sourdine
  8. 3 Scherzi di bravoure, Op. 16: I. Mouvement de valse
  9. 3 Scherzi di bravoure, Op. 16: II. Moderato
  10. 3 Scherzi di bravoure, Op. 16: III. Prestissimo
  11. Variations sur “Ah! segnata è la mia morte”, Op. 16 No. 4
  12. Variations sur un thème de Bellini in G Major, Op. 16 No. 5
  13. Variations quasi-fantaisie in B-Flat Major, Op. 16 No. 6

Disk 13

  1. 13 Prières, Op. 64: I. Andantino
  2. 13 Prières, Op. 64: II. Moderato
  3. 13 Prières, Op. 64: III. Poco adagio
  4. 13 Prières, Op. 64: IV. Moderatamente
  5. 13 Prières, Op. 64: V. Adagio
  6. 13 Prières, Op. 64: VI. Moderato
  7. 13 Prières, Op. 64: VII. Maestoso
  8. 13 Prières, Op. 64: VIII. Dieu des armées. Tempo giusto
  9. 13 Prières, Op. 64: IX. Doucement
  10. 13 Prières, Op. 64: X. Assez lentement
  11. 13 Prières, Op. 64: XI. Andantino
  12. 13 Prières, Op. 64: XII. Allegretto
  13. 13 Prières, Op. 64: XIII. Largement et majestueusement
  14. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: I. Moderato
  15. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: II. Andantino
  16. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: III. Tempo giusto
  17. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: IV. Vivace
  18. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: V. Andante quasi allegretto
  19. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: VI. Poco lento
  20. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: VII. Andantino
  21. Petits préludes sur les 8 gammes du plain-chant: VIII. Moderato
  22. Impromptu sur le chorale de Luther “un fort rempart est notre dieu”, Op. 69