Alkan: Recueils de Chants, Volume 1
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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Complete Recueils de Chants, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0157
EAN: 5060113441577
Release Date: 28 January 2013
Duration: 72:37

Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38
Deuxième recueil de chants, Op. 38
Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65
Une fusée: Introduction et Impromptu, Op. 55

Stephanie McCallum, piano

The wild originality of Charles-Valentin Alkan was little appreciated during his lifetime (1813–88), nor during the century which followed, when he was largely lost from sight. But now Alkan is increasingly recognised as one of the most individual personalities in all music. The five albums he called Recueils de chants – miniature tone-poems which marry Classical constraint to virtuoso Romantic excess – provide an attractive gateway to his freewheeling imagination.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
1-6 Premier recueil de chants, Op. 38 (1857)

Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer
Stephanie McCallum, piano
1 1. Assez vivement 4:33 play
2 2. Sérénade: Quasi-allegretto 2:56 play
3 3. Chœur: Allegro 2:56 play
4 4. L’Offrande: Andantino 2:39 play
5 5. Agitatissimo (disperato) 3:48 play
6 6. Barcarolle: Andante 3:05 play
7-12 Deuxième recueil de chants, Op. 38 (1857)

Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer
Stephanie McCallum, piano
7 1. Hymne: Adagio 5:07 play
8 2. Allegretto (‘Fa’) 3:16 play
9 3. Chant de guerre: Allegro 3:43 play
10 4. Procession-Nocturne: Andantino 3:45 play
11 5. Andantino 5:51 play
12 6. Barcarolle en chœur: Andante 4:01 play
13-18 Troisième recueil de chants, Op. 65 (c. 1859)

Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer
Stephanie McCallum, piano
13 1. Vivante 3:08 play
14 2. Esprits follets: Prestissimo 2:02 play
15 3. Canon: Assez vivement – Assez doucement 2:32 play
16 4. Tempo giusto 4:21 play
17 5. Horace et Lydie: Vivacissimo 3:53 play
18 6. Barcarolle: Assez lentement 3:29 play
19 Une fusée: Introduction et Impromptu, Op. 55 (1859)

Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer
Stephanie McCallum, piano

(first recording)
7:32 play


Charles Valentin-Alkan

Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer

Stephanie McCallum

Stephanie McCallum, piano


...Alkan followed in the path of Mendelssohn, but developed eccentrically, eventually producing a corpus of long and titanically difficult works for piano and a large number of shorter pieces of considerable originality as well as charm...

Mark DeVoto Classical Ear 11th September 2013

Maestro of the monumental masters his miniature side

...His fascinating music, which is finally becoming known and admired by a wider audience, is among the most individual and technically demanding of any in the Romantic era.

...McCallum is across every aspect of this music, exploring the collection’s diversity with apparent ease...

Phillip Scott Limelight September 2013


2 comments – add a comment

An excellent recording!

Stephanie McCallum has a natural affinity for the works of Alkan that really comes through in this reading.

It's brilliant to finally have an acoustic recording of the Op. 55 too, a tricky work, but handled in a masterly fashion by one of the composer's great modern-day champions.

Bring on disc two!

Seth Blacklock 27 February 2013

This is a fantastic undertaking by a wonderful pianist! It's about time somebody else records the complete Chants. I will make sure to acquire this CD soon. I can already tell by the audio preview samples that McCallum's playing is splendid and that the CD is definitely worth the purchase.

I am also excited for whenever Volume 2 is released!

Ethan James McCollum 9 February 2013