Forthcoming Alkan Society recitals


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Fri 3 Jun

Mark Viner

Ealing, London, UK

Major key studies 1-6 (op.35/1-6)

Sun 5 Jun

Pascal Amoyel

Paris, France

Grande sonate (op.33)

Fri 10 Jun

Marco Testori (cello) and Costantino Mastroprimiano (pno)

Verbania, Italy

Nocturne (op.57/1); Le tambour bat aux champs (op.50/2); Sonatine (op.61); Sonate de Concert (piano & cello) (op.47)

Sun 12 Jun

Hamish Milne & Terezie Fialová

Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

Benedictus (op.54)

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Satu Paavola: Grande Sonate (20 Ans)
Laura Snyderman: Vocal music
Christopher Falzone: Beethoven 3rd pno concerto
Jack Gibbons: Concerto for solo piano

Tomasz Kamieniak: Le Festin d’Ésope; Beethoven 3rd pno concerto
José López:
Nocturne 1 & Fantaisies





Score and performance of Brian Inglis’ Concerto (Homage to Alkan) (Feb 2016)

Society member and composer Brian Inglis’ Concerto for Piano Solo (Homage to Alkan) – completed for Alkan’s bicentenary in 2013 – has been published by Composers Edition and is available here. A performance by Gabriel Keen can be heard here.

Eagle-eared members may note brief quotations at the outset from Op39 Symphony (first movement coda) and Scherzo Diabolico (trio); more subtle allusions to Alkanian tropes are also apparent.


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New CD release from ALM records (Oct 2015)

Debut recording of Alkan by Yui Morishita, comprising:

  • Sonatine (op.61)
  • Capriccio alla soldatesca (op.50)
  • Le tambour bat aux champs: Esquisse (op.50bis)
  • Symphonie from 12 études dans tous les tons mineurs (op.39/4-7)
  • 1er Nocturne (op.22)
  • Scherzo-Focoso (op.34)

Yui Morishita (piano)
Note that the CD is currently only available from Japan. It may be purchased from (type Yui Morishita into search box and follow links). Individual tracks also available via iTunes.



New recording of Concerto for solo piano (Sep 2015)

Michael Rose performs the Concerto for solo piano (op 39, nos 8-10), together with En Rhythme Molossique (op 39 no 2), Allegro Barbaro (op.35, no 5) and other works. The CD is published by the performer and is available via Amazon and CD Baby.


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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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