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 Smalley (26 July 1943 - 18 August 2015)

We are saddened to report the death of the composer and pianist Roger Smalley, an Honorary Vice-President of the Society and a great enthusiast and promoter of Alkan's works. As well as being a major supporter of and contributor to the Society in its early days, Roger arranged many of Alkan's works to broaden their appeal, including the Benedictus (op.54) and Impromptu (op.69) for piano duo, and some of the Esquisses for brass and for string quartet. Roger, who lived in Australia for the last 20 years, died in Sydney on 18 August.

The Society will publish an appreciation of Roger Smalley in the next issue of the Bulletin. Members wishing to contribute their recollections of Roger are invited to contact the webmaster,

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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

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New CD recording of  Alkan’s “Halelouyah” (August 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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Recent CD release from Piano Classics (May 2015)

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

  • 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)

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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)

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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)
and
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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La Société Alkan celebrates its 30th birthday... (May 2015)
...with a concert by Laurent Martin

Date: 30 May 2015 at 20:30
Venue: 7 rue d'Orgeval, 78580 Les Alluets-le-Roi, Paris
Programme to include:  2 Préludes (from  op.31); Le Chemin de fer (op.27); les 1er et 2e Nocturnes (op.22 & 57);  l'Etude, Adagio (op.39/9); La Foi (from op.32); 6 Motifs (from op.63)
Tickets: €15 (Reservation is required at: +33 (0)6 11 84 40 40)

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Two workshops: Alkan vs Liszt and Alkan vs Chopin (Mar 2015)

Two workshops taking a close look at the musical relationships between Alkan and his two contemporaries, Liszt and Chopin.
1. Alkan versus Liszt
Date: 19-20 May 2015
2. Alkan versus Chopin
Date: 29-30 May 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organiser: The Charles-Valentin Alkan Society of Vienna

 

 


Honorary Membership conferred on four Alkan experts (October 2014)

The following have accepted Honorary Membership of the Alkan Society, offered in recognition of their advocacy and dedication in promoting Alkan and his compositions.

  • Eliot Levin
  • Jack Gibbons
  • Vincenzo Maltempo
  • Stephanie McCallum


New CD release (October 2014)

Alkan: Piano Music (Capriccio alla soldatesca, Op. 50 No 1; Le Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50, No. 2; Menuets (3), Op. 51; Une fusée - Introduction et Impromptu, Op. 55; Deux Nocturnes, Op. 57; Sonatine, Op. 61)

Costantino Mastroprimiano (piano)

 

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Workshop announcement: C.V.Alkan - Portrait of a Genius (Dec 2014)

Two-day workshop, dedicated to the personality of Alkan as a brilliant pianist and composer, providing insight into his person, his composing technique and his influences on piano virtuosity.
Date: 26-27 Feb 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organiser: The Charles-Valentin Alkan Society of Vienna


Nominate “Alkan” as the name of a crater on the planet Mercury (Dec 2014)

Craters on Mercury are named after well-known literary, graphic, or musical artists. The International AstronomicaI Union is currently looking for names for five recently discovered craters on Mercury. The public has been invited to submit suggestions for names.

Members and friends of the Society are invited to nominate “Alkan” as a potential name: click here for details. Nominations must be made by 15 January.


Alkan in the UK House of  Lords! (July 2014)

Reference was made to Alkan’s etude op76 no 1 ( for the left hand) in the House of Lords on the 30th July - surely a first mention for the composer in such august company. See the details in Hansard for the day (scroll down to 1.38pm)


 

New CD release (June 2014)

Alkan: The Complete Vianna da Motta Transcriptions
Huit Prieres (Op. 64), Neuf Preludes (Op. 66), Benedictus (Op. 54)
Transcriptions of Alkan’s works by Vianna da Motta for piano solo, duo and duet

Vincenzo Maltempo and Emanuele Delucchi (pianos)

 

CD Alkan da Motta transcriptions

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Second Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition (May 2014)

Prize winners of the 2014 competition

The Jury elected not to award a first prize
Second Prize (ex aequo): Duc-Anh Nguyen (Vietnam) & Alessandro Marino (Italy)
Third Prize: Melina Karagianni (Greece)

More details here

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Duc-Anh Nguyen        Alessandro Marino

 

 

 

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