Forthcoming Alkan Society recitals


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Thu 8 Oct

Sam Haywood

Hatchlands Pk, Surrey

Barcarolle (op.65/6)

Fri 9 Oct

Carl Petersson

Shanghai, China

Prelude (op.31/8); Allegro Barabaro (op.35/5)

Sun 11 Oct

Roberto Prosseda

Rome, Italy

Benedictus (op.54); Études piano-pédalier 1,4,5; Prières 3,5 (op.64); Grands Préludes, 3,4 (op.66)

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Recent additions to Members’ Youtube page
José López:
Nocturne 1 & Trois Petites Fantaisies
Paul Wee: Concerto for solo piano
Joseph Bloch: Historic recordings
Yui Morishita: Various, including Scherzo Focoso





Roger 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,


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” (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)

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