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Alkan: Symphony for solo piano
Alkan: Symphony for solo piano
"Probably the best CD of Alkan you can find. Highly recommended for everyone, especially those new to Alkan. Hamelin's interpretations are electrifying, gorgeous, and powerful. This is a milestone."
Alkan: Piano Music, Volume 1: 12 Etudes, Op. 35
Alkan: Piano Music, Volume 1: 12 Etudes, Op. 35
"I first discovered Alkan through this CD and I recommend the same path for all. Here you find his brilliant 'Le festin d'Esope' variations, and Etudes that belong next to Chopin's and Liszt's."
Alkan: 12 Etudes Op. 39
Alkan: 12 Etudes Op. 39
"This is probably the second best CD of Alkan you'll find. The Concerto for Solo Piano is a masterpiece of the Romantic period. Gibbons' interpretations are the best in my view. You also get other gems"
Alkan: Grande sonate 'Les quatre âges', Sonatine, Le festin d'Esope
Alkan: Grande sonate 'Les quatre âges', Sonatine, Le festin d'Esope
"Another CD of Alkan's masterworks, the 'Grande sonate' and 'Sonatine' are mindblowing and original, melodic and gratifying. Treat yourself to this, especially under Hamelin's fingers."
Esquisses Op 63
Esquisses Op 63
"A fountain of amazing miniatures from Alkan. This is a kaleidoscope of emotions and harmonies, more advanced and profound than Schumann and Chopin. This is a treasure chest loaded with gems of music."
Alkan:  The Railway and other Piano Works
Alkan: The Railway and other Piano Works
"The CD contains a lot of re-recorded music from Naxos' other Alkan CD's like the Etudes and Esquisses. But I recommend this for the wonderful 'Le chemin de fer' and the preludes and impromptu's."
Alkan: Piano Works
Alkan: Piano Works
"Ronald Smith is to Alkan what Mendelssohn is to Bach. He is the reviver after Busoni to bring Alkan to our ears. This CD has the Concerto, Symphony and some other rarities for the curious."
Live at Wigmore Hall
Live at Wigmore Hall
"Hamelin plays Alkan's blistering piano transcription of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with an original cadenza. Hamelin also plays the Op. 76 Etudes for one hand; you have to hear it to believe it."
Etudes (2)
Etudes (2)
"Although this CD is no longer available, I encourage only the Alkan enthusiast to explore this. The 'Le preux' and Op. 12 Etudes are virtuosic and interesting. Martin's Op. 76 is also outstanding"
ALKAN: Piano Music
ALKAN: Piano Music
"Another title unavailable, this contains some rare works and I highly encourage the Alkan lover to pounce on buying this. You get two sets of Impromptu's, the Rondeau Chromatique, and his Op. 1!"
Alkan: Grand Duo concertant, Op. 21 / Sonate de concert, Op. 47 / Trio in G minor, Op. 30
Alkan: Grand Duo concertant, Op. 21 / Sonate de concert, Op. 47 / Trio in G minor, Op. 30
"Absolutely mind-blowing. Some of the most underrated and greatest chamber works of the Romantic composers. I mean that. The L'enfer or "Hell" movement from the Op. 21 is a work of art"
Romantic Piano Concerto, V.7- Henselt: Piano Concerto op. 16; Alkan: Concerto da Camera Op 10/1
Romantic Piano Concerto, V.7- Henselt: Piano Concerto op. 16; Alkan: Concerto da Camera Op 10/1
"I've actually not heard this CD yet, but glancing at the reviews and the fact that this is chamber music, I reckon it is worth it."
Alkan Music for Piano: Grande Sonate / Quartet Ages De La Vie / Sonatine
Alkan Music for Piano: Grande Sonate / Quartet Ages De La Vie / Sonatine
"This is another rendition of the 'Grande sonate' and I list it because some find Hamelin's interpretation too fast.  See for yourself, and know that Reach has the best delivery of the largo movement."
Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto For Solo Piano
Charles-Valentin Alkan: Concerto For Solo Piano
"Not as recommended as the others. Hamelin does not play the Concerto well and I exclusively praise Jack Gibbons' CD for the Concerto. The only redeeming aspect of this CD is its extensive pamphlet."
Transfigured Mozart
Transfigured Mozart
"A great CD with works based on Mozart by Hummel, Glinka, Thalberg, Raff, Friedman and Reger. Alkan also appears here with an exquisite transcription of the andante from Mozart's K.464"
Composer-Pianists
Composer-Pianists
"A pianistic wet-dream; not for the faint-hearted. Although some sickingly difficult pieces make this a fireworks display, the Alkan transcription of Haydn's Andante of the Symphony No. 94 is radiant"
L'Opera a Quatre Mains
L'Opera a Quatre Mains
"A rare import. Keep an eye out to buy it used: contains four-hand piano fantasies from Thalberg, Herz, Czerny, Pixis and Alkan. Of course Alkan's Fantasia on Mozart's Don Giovanni is the triumph here"