Alkan: Grand duo concertant in F sharp minor, Op. 21, etc.

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Alkan: Grand duo concertant in F sharp minor, Op. 21, etc.

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8555352
(8.555352)

Discs:

1

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0747313535224

Length:

75 minutes

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Alkan:

Grand duo concertant in F sharp minor, Op. 21

Cello Sonata, Op. 47

Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 30


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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Grand duo concertant in F sharp minor, Op. 21

I. Assez animae

II. L'enfer: Lentement

III. Finale: Aussi vite que possible

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Sonate de concert in E major, Op. 47

I. Allegro molto

II. Allegrettino

III. Adagio

IV. Finale alla saltarella: Prestissimo

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 30

I. Assez largement

II. (Scherzo): Tres vite

III. Lentement

IV. (Finale): Vite

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“As this disc so persuasively reveals, there are a number of Alkan's chamber works that are long overdue for serious consideration. His violin sonata, the Grand duo concertante, for instance, is so thoroughly original and masterly in invention that it should have acquired for itself a prominent place in the French violin sonata repertoire. The somewhat unconventional tonal layout of the bold and memorable first movement suggests, at times, the harmonic world of Berlioz, but perhaps more strikingly looks forward, both here and in the final movement, to the melodic, Gallic charm of the Fauré sonatas.
The Sonate de concert for cello and piano is perhaps Alkan's finest and most important contribution to chamber music. Although clearly rooted in the classical tradition, it shouts Alkan from every page. The second movement, in siciliano style, is a fine example of Alkan whimsy; in the slow movement, Alkan draws musical inspiration from his Jewish faith to create a serene and somewhat mystical oasis of calm before launching into the helter-skelter activity of the finale. The earlier Piano Trio of 1841 is perhaps even more classical in design and utterance, and is certainly more terse and economical in its use of material. However, it's no easy ride for the performers. The Scherzo is strangely prophetic of Tchaikovsky in places and is graced with a fiendishly difficult finale. The performances are quite superb. Klaas copes admirably with all the keyboard pyrotechnics thrown at him, and Lessing and Schwarz provide per- formances of dedication and great understanding.
Recording is full-bodied and close.”

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