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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00008IHWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Parce que c'est Steven Osborne, c'est déjà intéressant. Charles-Valentin Alkan est peut-être moins connu que . . . Chopin, Mozart ou d'autres, il est cependant èa découvrir quand on aime le piano classique.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0fef0a8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0xa1001b10) out of 5 stars Remarkable gems from the unknown Liszt July 10 2008
By Sir Butternut Longsword - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Due to the sparsity of the rep in the recording catalogue, by default, this disc can boast reference status. There are selections scattered among discs by other pianistic giants such as Hamelin[47,48, and the staccato]. Osborne is one of my favourite pianists today. His rep usually is on the outer edge of the pianistic universe, but his recordings usually turn out to be remarkable, such as his recent Tippett discs, one of the best discs of the year.
Even in more centered rep, such as the Debussy Preludes, Osborne shines and can be compared with the best available. I find myself returning to his Preludes moreso than any recent release on the market.
Turning to this release, a jam packed set of Alkan's complete Esquisses op63, one is immediately aware of the ingenuity of pieces. Listening in order, as the recording fortunetely provides, is like riding a rollercoaster for the first time-there are virtuosic twists and turns, beautiful sonority's far ahead of their time, and delicious morsels that will make you laugh at loud or make your jaw drop from one track to the next.
True, Osborne is not Hamelin. But Hamelin is not Osborne either. Both have superior ability-Hamelin might have the greatest 'chops' on the planet-but that has not helped him for pieces such as Schumann's Etude Symphonique or Beethoven's op109[available on Boston Radio archive-though it is a devil of a performance at a speed faster than I have ever heard].
Hamelin might be better revealing clarity amongst thick textures, or achieving impossible legato with far seperated chords with sparse pedal, but I enjoy the romance of Osbornes playing, the one thing that Hamelin seems not yet to have mastered and one of the rare qualities that cant be taught.
Because these pieces are so valuable to pianados, and because having them complete played at the highest level, this disc gets the highest honors possible and should be a must for anyone interested Alkan, or superb pianism, plain and simple.
HASH(0xa100315c) out of 5 stars Yes, this is a complete recording! July 8 2015
By Jeffrey Harris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sharp-eyed consumers may notice that there are only 41 tracks listed for this CD. That would put us 8 selections short of a complete recording of all 49 of Alkan's esquisses. When you get your hands on the CD, you will find that, in fact, it includes all 49 pieces, each individually tracked, just as you would expect. As for the music, this is a collection of short character pieces. The 49 pieces break down into four books of 12 pieces each. The pieces take you through all the major and minor keys...twice. There is an additional 49th piece at the end of the cycle. This is not primarily virtuoso music; if you are looking for the finger-busting side of Alkan, try one of Hamelin's records.

I have three or four Alkan recordings and I listen to them regularly. One cannot listen to Chopin and Debussy all the time; this record will add some nice variety to your collection.