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Alkan Society recitals


24 Sep 2022

Tomasz Kamieniak

St Mary’s Perivale, London

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Other public recitals






Igor Do Amaral records Symphonie pour piano seul and Les Mois (op.74)

Igor Amaral’s CD is recorded on the MSR Classics label, MS1851, and has been released in the US. It is available for streaming from Amazon in Europe.



 New edition of Alkan’s Paix à la paix (Hymne pour voix seules) published

Society member Brian Inglis has prepared a new edition of Alkan’s Paix à la paix, a piece for solo voice written for a competition for an anthem to be sung at the Paris Exhibition of 1867. The edition is published by Composers Edition, and is available for purchase or download from here.

Paix a la paix cover


Performance of selected Esquisses composed by Society members, and other Alkan rarities

On 21 March 2023, Richard Shaw and students from Middlesex Univeristy will perform a selection of both Alkan’s Esquisses and those composed by Society members (details of compositions here). The programme will also include Paix à la paix, hymne pour voix seule (in a new edition by Brian Inglis) and Stances de Millevoye pour 3 voix de femmes et piano. Details of event here



Paul Wee: Transcriptions, including  Mozart Piano Concerto no 20 trans. Alkan (Aug 2022)

Paul Wee’s new CD pairs Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony no 3 (Eroica) with Alkan’s transcription of Mozart’s piano concerto no 20 (K466), on BIS Records BIS-2615.

The performance will be released in the UK for streaming in October and on CD in November.

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Mark Viner’s 5th CD in complete Alkan piano edition (Jul 2022)

Mark Viner’s fifth Alkan CD includes:

  • 11 Pieces dans le style religieux (op. 72)
  • Etude Alla-barbaro
  • Etude (from the Encyclopedie du Pianiste Compositeur)

The recording is released by Piano Classics on PCL-10197

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Gerard Bouwhuis records Solo Concerto (op.39) (Dec 2021)

Gerald Bouwhuis’s CD is available from his website, which also includes an interview and review (in Dutch)



Mark Viner’s 4th CD in complete Alkan piano edition (Feb 2021)

Mark Viner’s fourth Alkan CD includes:

  • Salut, cendre du pauve!, Paraphrase (op. 45)
  • Super flumina Babylonis, Paraphrase (op .52)
  • Trois marches quasi da cavalleria (op. 37)
  • Alleluia (op. 25)
  • Marche funèbre (op. 26)
  • Marche triomphale (op. 27)
  • ”Symphonie (op. 39, nos 4-7)

The recording is released by Piano Classics on PCL-10207



25 Esquisses pour piano, composed by members of the Alkan Society (Dec 2020)

In 2019, members of the Alkan Society were invited to compose short piano pieces  inspired by Alkan’s Esquisses, op. 63. Twenty-five submissions were received by the deadline (Alkan’s 206th birthday), and a Volume of was published to coincide with the 100th issue of our Bulletin, in April 2020. Free copies were sent to all members. We are now making an open-access on-line only version of the Volume available, together with audio recordings of many of the pieces. Further information is available here.

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Orchestration of Alkan’s Le Chemin de Fer by Thibault Perrine (Nov 2020)

The French composer Thibault Perrine has transcribed Le Chemin de Fer (op.27) for orchestra. The first performance was given in 2017 by the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine conducted by Paul Daniel in Bordeaux, and the recording was made by Radio Classique. M. Perrine has kindly permitted us to made the recording of the performance available on our website, here.


Mark Viner’s 3rd CD in complete Alkan piano edition (Feb 2020)

Mark Viner’s third Alkan CD includes:

  • Grande Sonate (op.33)
  • Trois morceaux dans le genre pathétique (op.15)

The recording will be released by Piano Classics in March on PCL-10209

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5th CD release by Yui Morishita: La Vision (Oct 2019)

The complete Esquisses (op. 63) are performed by Yui Morishita on his fifth Alkan CD, released in September 2019 on ALM records ALCD-739

 The CD may be obtained from CDJapan or the digital version from iTunes



Alkan debut CD from Schaghajegh Nosrati: Solo concerto (Sep 2019)

The German pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati’s debut Alkan CD is on the C-Avi music label LC15080. It will be released on 22 November 2019. She performs:

  • Esquisses (op. 63) nos 1, 2, 11, 12, 26, 31, 43 & 48
  • Toccatina (op. 75)
  • Etude alla Barbaro
  • Concerto pour piano seul (from op. 39)


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Alkan debut CD from Paul Wee: Solo symphonie & concerto (Sep 2019)

Paul Wee pairs the solo Symphonie and solo Concerto on BIS Records BIS2465. The CD will be released in the UK on 1 November 2019.


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 Recent CD of the solo Concerto (op. 39/8-10) (Aug 2019)

Margit Haider-Dechant performs the Concerto and Joseph Woelfl’s Sonate Non Plus Ultra on Apollon Musikoffizin A.M.Cl 20.013 (recorded 2017; available from here)

Haider-Dechant CD


New CD: Mark Viner plays 25 Préludes (op. 31) (Aug 2019)

This Piano Classics release of Alkan’s 25 Préludes is Mark Viner’s 2nd CD in his project to record of all of Alkan’s piano works. The recording will be released in September on PCL-10189


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CD release by Yui Morishita: Quasi-Faust (Mar 2019)

Yui Morishita’s fourth Alkan CD, released in November 2018 on ALCD-7225,  includes:

  • Grande sonate (op. 33)
  • Trois minuets (op. 51)
  • Réconciliation – Petit caprice (op. 42)
  • Saltarelle (op. 23)

 The CD may be obtained from CDJapan or the digital version from iTunes



Transcription of Quand Israël sortit d’Egypte (Oct 2018)

The third of Alkan’s Trois anciennes mélodies juives, entitled Quand Israël sortit d’Egypte, is scored for pedal piano or organ, unlike the first two pieces which are for soprano and piano. Mark Viner has arranged the third piece for piano alone. The score is published by Muse Press from whom the transcription may be purchased.

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Stellar reviews of Mark Viner’s Alkan release (Feb 2018)

It is our general policy not to include reviews on this website, but we make an exception to alert members to the some of the exceptional reviews of Society chairman Mark Viner’s CD of Douze Etudes dans tous les tons majeurs (op. 35)  on the Piano Classics label (PCL10127). See:



New MP3 release: Yury Favorin (Nov 2017)

The Muso label has released an MP3 album of the Russian pianist Yury Favorin’s first Alkan recording, comprising:

  • Super flumina Babylonis (op. 52)
  • Symphonie pour piano seul (op. 39, 4-7)
  • Grande Sonate (op. 33)

CD (Muso MU022D) available from Presto Classical


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