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Alkan: Concerti da Camera and solo music

Alkan: Concerti da Camera and solo music
Composer Charles Valentin Alkan
Artist Giovanni Bellucci piano
Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Roberto Fores-Veses conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL10135
EAN code 5029365101356
Release September 2017

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This new recording contains some rarely heard repertoire from a rarely heard composer: Charles Valentin Alkan, one of the greatest pianists in history (even Liszt was afraid to play in his presence), recluse, genius composer of mainly piano works of extraordinary virtuosity and originality.  Presented are the 3 Concerti da Camera, for piano and strings, written in the style of Hummel and Chopin, and the world premiere of the complete “6 Piano Pieces” Op. 16, which includes the 3 Études de Bravoure, and three fantasies/variations on popular opera arias. Giovanni Bellucci is one of the most interesting and extraordinary pianists of today. Described by Piero Rattalino as “a force of nature, vast and palpitating”, his playing is highly original, striving to recreate the original impact of the works he is playing: “he takes us back to the Golden Age of the Piano” wrote Le Monde. His recordings, notably with works by Liszt, were showered with prizes such as Diapason d’Or, Choc, Editor’s Choice, CD Maestro etc....

 

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto da camera No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 10: III. Allegro
  4. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: II. Adagio
  6. Concerto da camera No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: III. Primo movimento
  7. Concerto da Camera No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 10: I. Andante con moto
  8. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: I. Etude de bravoure, mouvement de valse
  9. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: II. Etude de bravoure, moderato quasi menuetto
  10. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: III. Etude de bravoure, prestissimo
  11. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: IV. Variations on “Ah! segnata é la mia morte”, from the opera “Anna Bolena” by Donizetti
  12. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: V. Variations on a Theme by Bellini ”la tremenda ultrice spada” from “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”
  13. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 16: VI. Variations quasi-fantasy on a Neapolitan barcarolle