Music of Alkan
Piano Classics PCL-0051
Alkan: Piano Sonatine, Op 61 (20:30)
Alessandro Deljavan, piano
The year 2013 marks the bicentenary of two musical giants, Verdi and Wagner, and it’s easy to overlook the bicentenary of another giant, Charles-Valentin Alkan, creator of piano works of colossal proportions and difficulty. Alkan might have preferred his relative obscurity, as he spent a large part of his life in disappointed seclusion. Yet the music he left us is one of great originality and power. This debut CD from Alessandro Deljavan contains the Sonatine, a deceptively simple title for a piece at times demonic and frightening, and the 3 Grandes Etudes.