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Many of you may chuckle at the thought of this, but I think enough of his works are accessible enough to make a decent e-cital out of it, and I think it's both worth doing and much needed. Who would be interested in learning and submitting a piece or pieces by him for an e-cital? I already know I will do a couple, and they will be larger endeavors than I have done by him in the past. I think it would be fine if multiple people played the same work, too.
It would be open for streaming on November 30th, his date of birth, and I guess submissions would need to be submitted as late as a few days in advance.
Ordinarily I would join in, but I'm having some temporary but fairly long and drawn-out physical stuff going on that affects my ability to practice (and does it in an maddeningly unpredictable way ), so I can't sign up for this one.
BUMP. Anybody else? At least something? Mark H, Kuanpiano, DanS, and FSO has expressed interest, and I will definitely have things to contribute.
Also, I'm fine with adding anything that has to do with Verdi or Wagner since they also turn 200 this year (such as Verdi-Liszt Rigoletto, or Wagner-Liszt Liebestod, for example). Would that generate more interest? I don't care if more than one person plays the same piece.
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Jack Gibbons constantly posts new recordings on his Facebook/YT pages, and I should not be surprised if he resurrects some Alkan this year. (I need to ask him!) We could at least link them here...
I toyed with some of the Esquisses in college, but I'm just not sure I have the time these days to bring them back to snuff.
And if anyone cares to get really adventurous, they could learn Wagner's A major piano sonata. All things considered (especially the fact that he was all of 18) it is not a bad work, sometimes almost comically haunted by the ghosts of Weber and Beethoven.
Ronald Smith's first recording from 1970 (with unfortunate cuts in the first movement, but still...) is also unbelievable, Jason! You MUST especially hear the third movement!! This is NOT the more known recording from the complete Op. 39 set that he recorded in 1977; this is much rarer!
Thanks to my good Facebook friend for sharing this very rare treasure.
Bumping this thread, because I really want to make this happen.
This is the plan (with helpful suggestions from a few members here): November 30, Alkan E-cital!
1. I will create a box.com account specifically for this. 2. You all send me your recordings either via e-mail or a filesharing website like box.com. They will be due, say, three or four days before the 30th. 3. I download them all and organize them, then upload them onto the box.com account. 4. When November 30th comes, I then share the folder on Piano World for everybody to stream and download.
What do you all think? Who would be interested? It is perfectly fine if multiple people play the same piece. We may hear a ton of Op. 65 Barcarolles in G Minor, but that's okay.
Also, I would also open it up for anybody to post anything that has to do with Verdi and Wagner (such as Liszt transcriptions), to honor them for their bicentennials, and anything by Benjamin Britten for his centennial.
Brendan, there are more manageable works to pick that still have substance that may interest you. "Salut, Centre du Pauvre!" Op. 45, "Super flumina Babylonis" Op. 52, "Capriccio alla soldatesca" Op. 50, Haydn "Surprise" Symphony 2nd movement transcription (incredibly faithful to the original!), Fantasie in A-flat major for the left hand Op. 76 No. 1, one of the longer Op. 35 etudes...