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#1976895 - 10/21/12 09:29 PM More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse.
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I recorded three more Alkan works! I'm working to record the entire "Alkan in Miniature" book. Here's a recent thread I am referencing:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1971983

And here are the recordings! We start with the first Prelude of the Op. 31 set (this isn't in the "Alkan in Miniature" book, but I have already learned it, so I decided to record it).



Move on to the eerie "Song of the Mad Woman on the Seashore" Prelude, No. 8:



And end with the first piece of the Op. 63 "Esquisses", "La Vision"!



I hope you enjoy these pieces, and I thank all of you for bearing with me throughout the years with being an Alkan nut and all. I really believe in Alkan's musical voice, I believe his music is very relevant to the evolution and development of piano playing and composing, and I think it's just fantastic music through and through.

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#1977680 - 10/23/12 06:45 PM Re: More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse. [Re: Orange Soda King]
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What a wonderful project to record Alkan in Miniature! thumbthumbthumb
Are you going to keep the same order as in the book and record a CD with the same name?
I am working on increasing the speed of "La Poursuite" (the Esquisse No.25) right now.
Good luck! smile
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#1977715 - 10/23/12 08:21 PM Re: More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse. [Re: Orange Soda King]
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That actually sounds like a great idea. If I record a CD, it would just be privately for fun. Maybe I could sell it for a small price, and 100% of the money go to a good cause, like the children's hospital in my city or something like that.

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#1978333 - 10/25/12 04:01 AM Re: More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse. [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Nice work - you definitely deserve a better piano.

Funny, just a couple of days ago I was reading through "La Vision" and went I got to the last few measures I thought, "Hmm, same effect as in the concerto", so I had to laugh when I saw your note about it. Alkan must have really liked that two-pedal blur - the entire prelude no. 13 has both pedals down all the way through. But of course, on his piano it would have sounded a little less murky than it does on ours.

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#1978543 - 10/25/12 03:37 PM Re: More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse. [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Beautiful playing, but for me these pieces(at least the first and last)are diminished by what I feel is Alkan's overly repetitive style. In some of his longer works this becomes what I feel are just too many variations on a theme and in these shorter works it is too much repetition of a certain rhythmic or melodic figure.

One could argue that Chopin in his Etudes and Preludes or Mendelssohn in his Songs Without Words certainly used a repeated motif throughout the piece, but I think they somehow did so while being able to keep my interest throughout.

I still think Alkan shows much genius in his music, but I almost always feel his works, even these shorter ones, could benefit from pruning. I applaud you for your great interest in and championing of Al.


Edited by pianoloverus (10/25/12 03:39 PM)

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#1978572 - 10/25/12 04:21 PM Re: More Alkan!! Two more Preludes and an Esquisse. [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Thank both of you! Interestingly enough, I feel like Alkan keeps my interest more than Mendelssohn does. I feel like my tempi do air a bit on the slow side, too, and I'll re-examine my intentions whenever I re-record these.

wr, I'll try to get a better piano when I re-record these with the entire Alkan in Miniature book.

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