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Alkan - Concerto and Symphony for Solo Piano

Catalogue numberBIS-2465 SACD
Release date2019-11-01
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time78:32

Charles-Valentin Alkan made his name as pianist in nineteenth-century Paris and seemed poised for a glittering career. But following a series of setbacks he withdrew into a life of relative seclusion, and as he receded from the public eye, so too did his music. It was never entirely forgotten, but it was not until the 1960s and 1970s that Alkan’s works began to emerge from obscurity. To quote the liner notes by Paul Wee, ‘Alkan’s music exhibits a formidable grasp of form and structure, a strong command of melody, a high sense of drama and an unprecedented exploitation of the capabilities of the piano.’ Combined here on one disc – possibly for the first time – are the Symphony and the Concerto for Solo Piano, two pinnacles of Alkan’s legacy. Unusually, the four movements of the Symphony and the three movements of the Concerto are included as seven études within Alkan’s Douze Études dans tous les tons mineurs (Twelve studies in all the minor keys), in 1857 as his Op. 39. As to why Alkan composed these epic works and then hid them away in a set of études, Wee suggests that they are to be seen as ‘a celebration of the piano and its capabilities.’

Paul Wee is a barrister specialising in commercial law and appears regularly before courts and tribunals on behalf of clients including governments, corporations, financial institutions and individuals. Born in Australia, he began his piano studies at the age of four, continuing them in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music. Going on to study law at the University of Oxford, he attempts to balance his love for the piano alongside the demands of a busy international career in law.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Alkan, Charles-Valentin
  Symphony for Solo Piano, Op. 39, Nos. 4-7 25:59
01 I. Allegro 10:33 $ 2.56 USD
02 II. Marche funèbre. Andantino 06:19 $ 1.54 USD
03 III. Menuet 04:59 $ 1.21 USD
04 IV. Finale. Presto 04:08 $ 1.04 USD
  Concerto for Solo Piano, Op. 39, Nos. 8-10 51:21
05 I. Allegro assai 29:59 $ 7.22 USD
06 II. Adagio 12:26 $ 3.00 USD
07 III. Allegretto alla barbaresca 08:56 $ 2.26 USD
  Album total 78:32
PianoWee, Paul
ComposerAlkan, Charles-Valentin

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