The piano works of Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-88) are among the most demanding ever written — but they can also gleam with a fierce joy and twinkle with mischievous humour, so it's hardly surprising to find his works for piano duet bubbling with freewheeling energy. The two works for pedal piano — transcribed here for two pianos by Roger Smalley — show a more solemn side to this devoutly religious composer, though they, too, have their own charge of excitement and Alkan's trademark eccentric originality.
Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow, piano duo, piano duet
Impromptu sur le Choral de Luther ‘Un fort rempart est Notre Dieu’, Op. 69 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0070/TOCC0070t02.mp3
Fantaisie à quatre mains sur Don Juan, Op. 26 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0070/TOCC0070t07.mp3
Trois Marches, Op. 40 https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0070/TOCC0070t15.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0070EAN/UPC: 5060113440709Release Date: 17.01.2011Composer: Charles-Valentin Alkan Artists: Anthony Goldtone, Caroline Clemmow
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Amazon Review :
“Superbly performed and recorded,this disc contains a couple of first recordings and demonstrates wonderfully what admirers of the composers find so appealing about his oeuvre – that amazing inventiveness and quirkiness of character is evident in abundance here.” —Amazon
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