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ALKAN 12 Etudes Op. 35 Mark Viner. Piano Classics

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Alkan Complete Music For Piano Solo Mark Viner Piano Classics

CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN
Douze Etudes dans tous les tons majeurs, Op.35


1. No.1 in A, Allegretto 2’30
2. No.2 in D, Allegro 2’37
3. No.3 in G, Andantino 6’42
4. No.4 in C, Presto 4’45
5. No.5 in F, Allegro barbaro 2’45
6. No.6 in B flat, Allegramente 1’59
7. No.7 in E flat, ‘L’incendie au village voisin’. Adagio – Allegro moderato – Andante 10’43
8. No.8 in A flat, Lento-appassionato 5’19
9. No.9 in C-sharp, ‘Contrapunctus’. Amplement 5’58
10. No.10 in G flat, ‘Chant d’amour – Chant de mort’. Adagio 10’46
11. No.11 in B, Posément 8’47
12. No.12 in E, Andando 5’30

A new recording of Alkan on Piano Classics, another milestone in Piano Classics’ crusade for the rehabilitation and recognition of Charles-Valentin Alkan as one of the most original romantic composers of the 19-th century.

The 12 Studies in all the Major Keys follow the key sequence of ascending fourths. The studies each tackle a certain technical feature (such as octaves, repeated notes, tremolos etc) but transcend the exercise level in their structure of a free fantasy or symphonic poem. Some have titles, like “Chant d’amour-Chant de mort”, “L’incendie au village voisin”, while the famous F major study, a savage and exhilarating study in parallel octaves (mostly on the white keys) is called “Allegro barbaro”.

Mark Viner is recognized as one of the most exciting British pianists of his generation, and is becoming increasingly well-known for his bold championing of unfamiliar repertoire. His earlier recordings for Piano Classics include an excellent Liszt Transcriptions recital and a remarkable recording of Thalberg Operatic Fantasies, which was enthusiastically hailed by the press: “An exceptional disc from a blazing young British talent” (Gramophone).

Mark Viner is chairman of the Alkan Society and has a busy concert schedule, the coming season will see his Wigmore Hall debut.

“Viner shows he is an impressively unflappable interpreter of this sometimes extraordinary music. His playing is as beguiling in the lyrical straightforwardness of the A major Etude as it is controlled in the weirdly manic counterpoint of the C sharp piece, or commanding in the bravura explosions that regularly punctuate the cycle. His playing is never showy; he emphasises that these are profound explorations of early romantic sensibility first and extreme technical challenges second, and that is a totally convincing way of dealing with some of the most remarkable piano music of its time.” Andrew Clements – The Guardian - 5 Stars

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