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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Charles–Valentin Alkan][decorative stamp]
Charles–Valentin Alkan

[1877 Willis at Salisbury Cathedral, UK][decorative stamp]
1877 Willis at Salisbury Cathedral, UK

[1969 Walker at Blackburn Cathedral, UK][decorative stamp]
1969 Walker at Blackburn Cathedral, UK

[1840 Cavaillé–Coll at Basilica St. Denis, Paris][decorative stamp]
1840 Cavaillé–Coll at Basilica St. Denis, Paris

[2001 Marrin/St. Augustine Church, Saint Cloud, MN][decorative stamp]
2001 Marrin at St. Augustine Church, Saint Cloud, MN

Assessing Alkan

…a bicentennial review of some intriguing compositions by the reclusive and legendary 19th century virtuoso Charles-Valentin Alkan.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1347 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1347 Hour 2 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

ALKAN: Priere, Op.64, no. 13 in GJohn Wells (1862 Willis/St. Matthews-in-the-City, Auckland, NZ) Ribbonwood 1001

ALKANPriere, Op. 64, no. 9 in EKevin Bowyer (1877 Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, UK) Nimbus 5089

ALKANGrand Préludes, Op. 66 (No. 1 in F; No. 6 in c; No. 8 in f) –Kevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0030

ALKANEtude for Pedal Solo No. 8 in dKevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0031

ALKANGrand Prélude, Op. 66 (No. 5 in E-flat)Olivier Latry (1853 Erard pedal-piano) Cité de la Musique 5278

ALKANGrand Prélude, Op. 66, no. 5; Benedictus, Op. 54Kevin Bowyer (1969 Walker/Blackburn Cathedral, UK) Toccata Classics 0030

Filler – ALKAN: Pedal Etude No. 9 (see above)

Hour 2

ALKANPriere, Op. 64, no. 2 in APierre Pincemaille (1840 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilica St. Denis, Paris) Solstice 116

ALKANPrieres, Op. 64 (Nos. 4 & 10 in B-flat; No. 12 in F) -- Kevin Bowyer (1877 Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, UK) Nimbus 5089

ALKANPetits Préludes sur les huit gammes du plain-chant (Nos. 1-7-2-4)Nicholas King (1974 Bishop/St. Peter’s Church, Saint Alban’s) Symposium 1059

ALKANGrand Prelude, Op. 66, no. 10 in b-flatOlivier Latry (1853 Erard pedal-piano) Cité de la Musique 5278

ALKANMarche Funebre, Op. 39, no. 5Mark Springer, trombone; Charles Echols (2001 Marrin/St. Augustine Church, Saint Cloud, MN) Springer 2008

ALKANImpromptu, Op. 69 (Ein feste Burg) --Kevin Bowyer (1877 Willis/Salisbury Cathedral, UK) Nimbus 5089

ALKANPriere, Op. 64, no. 11 in EChristopher Herrick (1924 Harrison/Temple Church, London, UK) Hyperion 67060

Filler – ALKAN: Grand Prelude, Op. 66, no. 10Kevin Bowyer, Toccata Classics 30


As a Paris Conservatoire classmate and friend of Cesar Franck, a neighbor to Frederic Chopin, and a real concert hall rival to Franz Liszt, the brilliant yet ill-fated Charles-Valentin Alkan (11/30/1813–3/29/1888) deserves much more than a footnote in the history of romantic music.  Many of his very attractive and often astonishing compositions…piano solos large and small, chamber music, concerted pieces for keyboard and orchestra…are available on CD.  His biography (Alkan:  The Man/The Music), written by Ronald Smith, makes for a very interesting read, and nearly all of the scores featured in this program are accessible online, free!! 


For more music from Charles–Valentin Alkan, be sure to check out PIPEDREAMS Program No. 0437!

 

 

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