Charles-Valentin Alkan

Born 30 November 1813. Died 29 March 1888
Charles-Valentin Alkan
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Charles-Valentin Alkan

Charles-Valentin Alkan Biography (Wikipedia)

Charles-Valentin Alkan (30 November 1813 – 29 March 1888) was a French-Jewish composer and virtuoso pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was, alongside his friends and colleagues Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, among the leading pianists in Paris, a city in which he spent virtually his entire life.

Alkan earned many awards at the Conservatoire de Paris, which he entered before he was six. His career in the salons and concert halls of Paris was marked by his occasional long withdrawals from public performance, for personal reasons. Although he had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in the Parisian artistic world, including Eugène Delacroix and George Sand, from 1848 he began to adopt a reclusive life style, while continuing with his compositions – virtually all of which are for the keyboard. During this period he published, among other works, his collections of large-scale studies in all the major keys (Op. 35) and all the minor keys (Op. 39). The latter includes his Symphony for Solo Piano (Op. 39, nos. 4–7) and Concerto for Solo Piano (Op. 39, nos. 8–10), which are often considered among his masterpieces and are of great musical and technical complexity. Alkan emerged from self-imposed retirement in the 1870s to give a series of recitals that were attended by a new generation of French musicians.

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Le Festin d'Esope (Op.39 no.12) in E minor, from '12 studies'
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Le Festin d'Esope (Op.39 no.12) in E minor, from '12 studies'
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Aesop's Feast, Op 39 No 12
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Aesop's Feast, Op 39 No 12
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Concerto for solo piano, Op.39 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto for solo piano, Op.39 (3rd mvt)
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AC Wk 22 Tue - 6 of 7 - Alkan Gesang der Wahnsinnigen
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AC Wk 22 Tue - 6 of 7 - Alkan Gesang der Wahnsinnigen
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Le chemin de fer
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Le chemin de fer
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Cello Sonata in E major, Op.47 (4th mvt)
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Cello Sonata in E major, Op.47 (4th mvt)
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Troisieme recueil de chants Op. 65
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Troisieme recueil de chants Op. 65
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Etude in E Major Op 35 No 12
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Etude in E Major Op 35 No 12
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Grande Sonata: Les Quatre Ages – 50 ans (excerpt)
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Grande Sonata: Les Quatre Ages – 50 ans (excerpt)
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Introduction au no.5 des caprices [op.13 no.2]
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Introduction au no.5 des caprices [op.13 no.2]
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Alleluia
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Alleluia
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Grande sonata, Op 33, 'Les quatre ages' (1st mvt)
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Grande sonata, Op 33, 'Les quatre ages' (1st mvt)
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Barcarolle (Chants Set 3, Op 65)
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Barcarolle (Chants Set 3, Op 65)
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Esquisses, 48 Motifs for Piano, Suite No 3 (Nos 25-29)
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Esquisses, 48 Motifs for Piano, Suite No 3 (Nos 25-29)
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25 Preludes, Op.31: No.13 'J'étais endormie, mais mon Coeur veillait
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25 Preludes, Op.31: No.13 'J'étais endormie, mais mon Coeur veillait
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Symphony for solo piano; Menuet
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Symphony for solo piano; Menuet
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Mouvement de valse from "Trois Etudes de Bravoure" Op.16
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Mouvement de valse from "Trois Etudes de Bravoure" Op.16
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Cello Sonata in E major, Op.47
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Cello Sonata in E major, Op.47
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Symphonie for Piano, Op.39
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Symphonie for Piano, Op.39
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La chanson de la folle, Op 31 No 8
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La chanson de la folle, Op 31 No 8
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Grand Duo Concertant for violin and piano in F sharp minor (Op.21) (c.1840)
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Grand Duo Concertant for violin and piano in F sharp minor (Op.21) (c.1840)
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Psalm 137, Super Flumina Babylonis
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Psalm 137, Super Flumina Babylonis
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Etudes in the Minor Keys, Op.39 No.8 (excerpt)
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Etudes in the Minor Keys, Op.39 No.8 (excerpt)
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Grande sonata 'Les quatre ages', Op 33 (Vingt ans)
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Grande sonata 'Les quatre ages', Op 33 (Vingt ans)
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Concerto De Camera No.3 In C Sharp Minor
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Concerto De Camera No.3 In C Sharp Minor
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Symphonie for piano, Op 39 (Finale)
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Symphonie for piano, Op 39 (Finale)
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Grande sonate, Op 33, 'Les quatre ages
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Grande sonate, Op 33, 'Les quatre ages
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