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New CD release (June 2014)
Alkan: The Complete Vianna da Motta Transcriptions
Huit Prieres (Op. 64), Neuf Preludes (Op. 66), Benedictus (Op. 54)
Transcriptions of Alkan’s works by Vianna da Motta for piano solo, duo and duet
Vincenzo Maltempo and Emanuele Delucchi (pianos)
Second Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition (May 2014)
Prize winners of the 2014 competition
The Jury elected not to award a first prize
Second Prize (ex aequo): Duc-Anh Nguyen (Vietnam) & Alessandro Marino (Italy)
Third Prize: Melina Karagianni (Greece)
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New CD release (October 2014)
Alkan: Piano Music (Capriccio alla soldatesca, Op. 50 No 1; Le Tambour bat aux champs, Op. 50, No. 2; Menuets (3), Op. 51; Une fusée - Introduction et Impromptu, Op. 55; Deux Nocturnes, Op. 57; Sonatine, Op. 61)
Costantino Mastroprimiano (piano)
Alkan in the UK House of Lords! (July 2014)
Reference was made to Alkan’s etude op76 no 1 ( for the left hand) in the House of Lords on the 30th July - surely a first mention for the composer in such august company. See the details in Hansard for the day (scroll down to 1.38pm)
Latest issue of the Society Bulletin (Jan 2014)
Honorary Membership conferred on four Alkan experts (October 2014)
The following have accepted Honorary Membership of the Alkan Society, offered in recognition of their advocacy and dedication in promoting Alkan and his compositions.
Other forthcoming recitals
William Wellborn & Jose Lopez
Fantasie on Mozart's Don Juan (op 26 [sic])
L’Festin d’Aesop (op 39/12); selected Esquisses
27 Jan 2015
Coady Green, Mark Viner & Christopher Wayne Smith
In conjunction with the Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner Societies
Last update: 19 Dec 14
Workshop announcement: C.V.Alkan - Portrait of a Genius (Dec 2014)
Two-day workshop, dedicated to the personality of Alkan as a brilliant pianist and composer, providing insight into his person, his composing technique and his influences on piano virtuosity..recognition of their advocacy and dedication in promoting Alkan and his compositions.
Date: 26-27 Feb 2015
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organiser: The Charles-Valentin Alkan Society of Vienna
Nominate “Alkan” as the name of a crater on the planet Mercury (Dec 2014)
Craters on Mercury are named after well-known literary, graphic, or musical artists. The International AstronomicaI Union is currently looking for names for five recently discovered craters on Mercury. The public has been invited to submit suggestions for names.
Members and friends of the Society are invited to nominate “Alkan” as a potential name: click here for details. Nominations must be made by 15 January.