Alkan - Grande Sonate íLes quatre agesí, Symphonie pour piano solo | Piano Classics PCL0038

Alkan - Grande Sonate íLes quatre agesí, Symphonie pour piano solo

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Label: Piano Classics

Cat No: PCL0038

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th May 2012

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About

Any new recording of Charles-Valentin Alkan is an event, which hopeully 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 ďLes Quatre AgesĒ (in which Alkan musically describes the several stages of Manís 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.

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