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#1992955 - 11/30/12 06:31 PM Happy 199th birthday, Alkan!  
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Thanks for being a big influence on me as a musician. Next year is the big year, though!!



What does PW think about having an Alkan e-cital next year?

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#1993006 - 11/30/12 10:10 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Chopinaddict beat you to it.

#1993011 - 11/30/12 10:22 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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A happy birthday to the great man.

I well remember as a young teen reading Harold Schonberg's 'The Great Pianists' and being utterly fascinated by the chapter on Alkan. Clearly this was something to look into, and I grabbed the Jack Gibbons recording of the Op. 39 Etudes (it was fairly new then) in a music store and somehow persuaded my mum to buy it for me.

It was life changing. I devoured it, and for daze on end I listened to the Concerto in the morning before school and then again in the evening.

I went on to collect other Alkan recordings (Lewenthal, Ogdon, etc), and have since never lost my love for this very unique composer.

Cheers, Charles-Valentin!



Jason
#1993019 - 11/30/12 11:20 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Damon]  
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Originally Posted by Damon
Chopinaddict beat you to it.


Oh wow, I just saw that. Sorry about that. I didn't know C.A. already posted a thread. frown

Jason, I agree. To this day, I feel that his Concerto for Solo Piano is my all-time favorite piano piece.

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#1993358 - 12/01/12 06:59 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Originally Posted by Damon
Chopinaddict beat you to it.


Oh wow, I just saw that. Sorry about that. I didn't know C.A. already posted a thread. frown



I am a few hours ahead, so I am always the first to celebrate... laugh But our friend deserves attention, so two threads are fine. smile I think we need some special event for next year. [Linked Image]



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Music is my best friend.


#1993810 - 12/02/12 06:11 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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already practising for next year


Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure, but not anymore!
#1993847 - 12/02/12 07:52 PM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: dolce sfogato]  
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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
already practising for next year

Do tell, what are you working on?


Jason
#1994512 - 12/04/12 08:04 AM Re: Happy 199th birthday, Alkan! [Re: Orange Soda King]  
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Another selection of Alkan that was posted in honor of the occasion.

I've always loved this set of variations.

-Daniel


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