Toccata Classics
Disc No: TOCC 0070
Price: Sek. 81
Name: Alkan - Complete Piano
 duos and duets Vol I


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.
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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.54 Benedictus   Goldstone and Clemmow
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.69 Impromptu sur le Choral de Luther 'Un fort rempart est Notre Dieu'  
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.47 Saltarelle  
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.26 Fantaisie a quatre mains sur Don Juan  
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.40 Trois Marches  
Alkan, Charles-Valentin   Bombardo-Carillon  
Alkan, Charles-Valentin Op.17 Finale  

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