Forthcoming Alkan Society recitals


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Tue 4 Aug
Wed 5 Aug

Genaro Pereira
Monica Czausz

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Worcester, MA, USA

To be confirmed
Adagio from Treize Prières (op.64/5)

Fri 7 Aug
Fri 7 Aug
Mon 10 Aug
Wed12 Aug

Pascal Amoyel
Olga Kern
Shoshana Telner
E & S Neeman

Quebec, Canada
Helsingborg, Sweden
Kincardine, Canada
Willoughby, Australia

Troisième Recueil de chants (excerpts) (op.65)
Étude in Gma (op.35/3)
Le Festin d’Esope (op.39/12)
March in A flat ma (op.40/1)

Sat 22 Aug

Yuri Favorin

Husum, Germany

Grande Sonate (op.33)

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Recordings of Alkan by Joseph Bloch come to light (Aug 2015)

Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was an American concert pianist and teacher based at the Julliard School of Music. His pupils included  Emanuel Ax, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, Garrick Ohlsson, Jeffrey Siegel and Jeffrey Swann. He was an early advocate of Alkan; his Master's thesis at Harvard was devoted to Alkan, A  tape with some of his Alkan performances has recently come to light; these can be heard on Youtube via the Members’ Youtube page.The history of these recordings is unknown: if you have anyone has further information, please contact the webmaster,

Joseph Bloch

International conference
Jewishness & the Arts: Music & composers in 19th century Europe
(June 2015)

The conference focuses on the period which witnessed the Emancipation of the Jews, originating in Germany, from five perspectives: careers; Jewish themes; emancipation; circulation; collective representations. One topic is “Mendelssohn, Alkan & the Instrumental Music”
Date: 13-15 Oct 2015
Venue: Rome, Italy


New CD recording of  Alkan’s “Halelouyah” (May 2015)

This Naxos Deutschland CD, “O Crux”, performed by the Vienna Chamber Choir and Michael Grohotolsky, includes works by 14 composers, including Alkan.


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Forthcoming CD release from Piano Classics (May 2015)

Alkan Society Chairman Mark Viner’s debut recording of Opera Fantasies by Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871). To include:

  • Fantaisie sur des thêmes de l'opéra Moïse de G. Rossini op.33 (1839)
  • Grande Fantaisie sur La Sérénade et Le Menuet de Don Juan op.42 (1842)
  • Andante Final de Lucia de Lammermoor op.43 (1842)
  • Grand Caprice sur des motifs de La Sonnambula de Bellini op.46 (1842)
  • Grande Fantaisie sur Don Pasquale op.67 (1844)



Recent CD release from Toccata Classics (Apr 2015)

Alkan: The complete transcriptions, volume 1: Mozart:

  • Symphony 39 (K543) Menuetto - Trio
  • Thamos, König in Ägypten (K345)
  • Symphony No. 40 (K550) Menuetto - Trio
  • String Quartet 18 Andante (K464)
  • Piano Concerto No. 20 (K466)

José Raúl López (piano)

Toccatta Classics 0240

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DVD release from Continuo (Apr 2015)

Roberto Prossedo (pédalier, or pedal piano) performs works by Alkan, Boëly, Gounod and Schumann.

The Alkan pieces included are: Benedictus (op.54); 11 Grands Préludes, no 3 (Andantino) & no 4 (Moderatamente) (op.66); 12 Études pour les pieds seulement, no 1 (Moderato)


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New CD release from Ligia Digital (Apr 2015)

Alkan: “Ressouvenir”: Nocturnes No. 1 (op. 22) and No. 2 (op. 57/1); Impromptus, Op. 32 (I), No. 4 “La Foi” (op. 32/1 no 4), 4), “Air à 5 temps” and “Air à 7 temps” (op 32/2 nos 1 & 4); Duettino & Barcarolle (op. 70 nos 1 & 6); Adagio from Concerto (op. 39/9); Esquisses (op. 63 Nos. 12, 13, 18, 19, 30, 34, 43 & 46)

Laurent Martin (piano)

Laurent Martin Ligia CD, 2015

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Announcement of 1919 Rachmaninoff recital with work by Alkan (Mar 2015)

This recital announcement, published in the Elmira Morning Telegram of October 19, 1919, has recently come to the attention of the Society. The programme includes Alkan’s Marche Funèbre (op 26). See the full newspaper page for the context of the announcement.
Thanks to Donald Wagner for drawing this announcement to the attention of the Society.

Elmira NY Morning Telegram 1919 Rachmaninoff concert

Call for cast for film “Liszt & Chopin in Paris”, including  a portrayal of Alkan (Feb 2015)

A unique opportunity for budding thespians to portray Alkan or others in Liszt and Chopin’s Parisian circle. See the call for applications and details of the proposed film.

Liszt & Chopin in Paris

Recent CD releases from Piano Classics (Jan 2015)

Alkan: “A collection of eccentric piano works”: Trois Petites Fantaisies (op 41); Minuetto alla tedesca (op 46); Marche Funebre (op 26); Marche Triomphale (op 27); no 6 from “Petits preludes sur les 8 gammes du plain- chant”; Capriccio alla soldatesca (op 50); Le tambour bat aux champs (op 50bis); “Chanson de la folle au bord de la mer” from the 25 Preludes (op 31 no 8); “Laus Deo” from the Esquisses (op 63 no 49)
Alkan: “Geninus-Enigma”: Études (op 39) complete; Grande Sonate (op 33);  Sonatine (op 61); Trois morceaux dans le genre pathétique  (op 15) [3 CD set]

Vincenzo Maltempo (piano)


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