Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

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Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

Charles-Valentin Alkan - The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008
Dong-Suk Kang, violin; Yvan Chiffoleau, cello; Olivier Gardon, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 319 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Timpani | # 1C1139 | Time: 01:14:09

Alkan was counted in Busoni's pantheon of five romantics alongside Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Brahms and Schumann are the references in the euphoric Grand Duo Concertant - nothing short of a 20 or so minute Sonata in three turbulent movements. This is a work of diving romance and if Alkan had stopped in the style of the first movement then we would have been able to 'place' Alkan. Instead we get a second movement that clamours in bass heavy capering for all the world like a picture of a Black Sabbath. As if to make ‘amends’ the finale is back to the helter-skelter tumble of vivacity we find in the first movement. This euphoria carries over into the Cello Sonata which is in four classically well-tailored movements. Alkan's originality or eccentricity (take your pick) returns for the Adagio which is part sentimental and part affecting. This perhaps offers a parallel with Joseph Holbrooke's chamber works in which sublime ideas and treatment suddenly find themselves up against kitsch music hall ditties. A wild saltarello with grand manner Hungarian gestures from the piano round out the picture. I can also see where Saint-Saëns may have picked up some of his ideas for the Second Piano Concerto. Torrents of notes and a hyper-romantic melos stride through the Trio. The second movement is tartly decked out with brusque interjections by the strings while the piano rushes wild-eyed about the scene. From time to time Alkan seeks inspiration in Mozartian repose and this is the case here in the lentement movement although he also made me think of Schubert's String Quintet. The trio pull out all stops and flattens the speed-humps for the vite finale. Bravo!

These are provocatively fluent performances of little known chamber works by one of the Grainger-like misfits of the nineteenth century. If you are a devotee of the romantic piano (Hyperion, Vox, Genesis) you will not want to be without this. Notes by Harry Halbreich.

Review by Rob Barnett, MusicWeb-International

The question ''Alkan, who was Alkan?'' (which Ronald Smith used to preface his indispensable two-volume study of the composer—London: 1976) could well become obsolete. In August alone two major releases were reviewed in Gramophone, one of them a highly praised Marco Polo disc of the chamber music. Now here is another, not ideally recorded but superbly performed; no small feat when the demands are so savage and incessant. Few composers have written music at once so virtuosic and austere, so acrobatic yet without a trace of poetic luxury or indulgence. The cello sonata's Saltarella finale provides one of several examples where the pianist is forced to play cascades of notes within a rigidly maintained rhythmic framework (Debussy's beloved sans rigueur is not for Alkan) and here Olivier Gardon, whom I first heard in a magnificent London recital some years ago, provides all the necessary unflagging impetus and momentum.

What masterly force and originality Alkan shows in all three works, whether in the Grand Duo 's hypnotic ''L'enfer'' (with its directions to play firstly lourdement, then evangeliquement ), or the more outwardly conventional but still wildly idiosyncratic twists and turns of the cello sonata's opening Allegro molto. This sonata (arguably Alkan's masterpiece) contains a Siciliano of a typically sweet-and-sour grace and an Adagio which concludes with shimmering tremolandos conveying a Biblical preface: ''As a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men…''. Yet every page of this extraordinary music is alive with Alkan's always unsettling genius and the performances are dazzlingly fleet and assured

Review by Bryce Morrison, Gramophone (12/1993)

Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008



Dong-Suk Kang, violin
Yvan Chiffoleau, cello
Olivier Gardon, piano

rec. Mar/April 1992, Salle Adyar, Paris

Tracklist:

Grand Duo concertant pour violon et piano, Op. 21
01. I. Assez animé [7'28]
02. II. L'Enfer: lentement [5'59]
03. III. Aussi vite que possible [7'15]

Sonate de concert pour violoncelle et piano, Op. 47
04. I. Allegro molto [11'01]
05. II. Allegretttino [6'04]
06. III. Adagio [7'50]
07. IV. Finale alla saltarella: Prestissimo [6'33]

Trio pour piano, violon et violoncelle, Op. 30
08 I. Assez largement [3'38]
09 II. Très vite [5'29]
10 III. Lentement [7'22]
11 IV. Vite [4'23]


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Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

Dong-Suk Kang, Yvan Chiffoleau, Olivier Gardon - Charles-Valentin Alkan: The Chamber Music (1992) Reissue 2008

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