Assessing Alkan

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Pipedreams does a bicentennial review of some intriguing compositions by the reclusive and legendary 19th century virtuoso Charles-Valentin Alkan.

Program details:

ALKAN: Priere, Op.64, no. 13 in G –John Wells (1862 Willis/St. Matthews-in-the-City, Auckland, NZ) Ribbonwood 1001.

ALKAN: Priere, Op. 64, no. 9 in E –Kevin Bowyer (1877 Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, UK) Nimbus 5089.

ALKAN: Grand Préludes, Op. 66 (No. 1 in F; No. 6 in c; No. 8 in f) –Kevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0030.

ALKAN: Etude for Pedal Solo No. 8 in d –Kevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0031.

ALKAN: Grand Prélude, Op. 66 (No. 5 in E-flat) –Olivier Latry (1853 Erard pedal-piano) Cité de la Musique 5278.

ALKAN: Grand Prélude, Op. 66, no. 5; Benedictus, Op. 54 –Kevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0030.

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