In the last three decades the staggeringly original piano music of Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-88) has emerged from the darkness that surrounded it over the previous century and today features regularly in recital programmes. But Alkan’s music for organ – much of it initially conceived for the now obsolete pedal-piano – is no less powerful and imaginative, although little of it had been recorded before Kevin Bowyer began this survey. His first recording of this repertoire drew ecstatic reviews from the critics; this second instalment (of three) offers music and playing of equal quality.
Kevin Bowyer, organ
12 Études pour les Pieds seulement, Nos. 7–12 (c. 1869) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0031/TOCC0031t02.mp3
11 Pièces dans le Style Religieux, et 1 Transcription, de Messie de Handel, Op. 72 (c. 1867) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0031/TOCC0031t08.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0031EAN/UPC: 5060113440310Release Date: 03.11.2007Composer: Charles-Valentin Alkan Artists: Kevin Bowyer
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Peter Joelson :
“In first-rate sound, the rich acoustic of Blackburn Cathedral has been captured without losing any of the details of either the music or its interpretation. The third and final volume is eagerly awaited; in the meantime, this issue, as with Volume 1, comes very highly recommended as an authoritative journey through Alkan’s organ music.” —Peter Joelson, Classical Source
Alkan Society :
“Bowyer is performing great services to Alkan and to the organ repertoire as a whole through this series and, like volume I (and doubtless the forthcoming volume III), this recording is a must.” —Alkan Society, Bulletin No. 77
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