Charles-Valentin Alkan: Organ Works, Volume Two


Catalogue No: TOCC0031
EAN/UPC: 5060113440310
Release Date: 03.11.2007
Composer: Charles-Valentin Alkan
Artists: Kevin Bowyer

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

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Pro Organo (1850)
  2. 12 Études pour les Pieds seulement, Nos. 7–12 (c. 1869)

  3. No. 7, Allegro, F sharp minor
  4. No. 8, Energicamente, D minor
  5. No. 9, Moderato, D major
  6. No. 10, Moderato, D major
  7. No. 11, Adagio, F minor
  8. No. 12, Tempo giusto, C major
  9. 11 Pièces dans le Style Religieux, et 1 Transcription, de Messie de Handel, Op. 72 (c. 1867)

  10. No. 1, Tempo giustissimo, C major
  11. No. 2, Andantino, A major
  12. No. 3, Quasi-Adagio, D minor
  13. No. 4, Assez doucement, G major
  14. No. 5, Lentement, D minor
  15. No. 6, Majesteusement, B flat major
  16. No. 7, Molto Moderato, F major
  17. No. 8, Assez vite, A minor
  18. No. 9, Assez lentement, E flat major
  19. No. 10, ModÈrÈment, D minor
  20. No. 11, Dolcement, A minor
  21. Handel, Messiah, transcription Alkan: Larghetto (‘Pastoral Symphony’), B major

2 reviews for Charles-Valentin Alkan: Organ Works, Volume Two

  1. :

    “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

  2. :

    “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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