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Notorious of its extravagant scale, high-quality and desperately demanding mechanical technique, Alkan is one of the highest summits of all piano literature. Nanasakov tried to conquer it. As many 19’s century works are so, Alkan’s tempo instruction is unbelievably fast. With Nanasakov’s super-human technique, you can find the true value of the pieces. The CD also contains another tempus fugit tune “railway” etude and the world premiere recording of the solo piano transcription of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20.
Alkan, an enigmatic person
The earliest student who was admitted to enter the Paris Conservatory will get acquainted with virtuosos such as Chopin and Liszt, etc. His demanding and innovative pieces are hardly appreciated in his hermit-like lifetime. But Hans von Bulow named him “Berlioz of the piano” and Busoni honored “one of the most important piano composers”. Then mid-20 century his works were rediscovered and appreciated. 12 etudes in all minor keys, op.39 are his most important and largest work. As no.4-7 are called “Symphony”, no.8-10 “Concerto” and no.11 is “Overture”, he cultivates extremely the sonority of the piano in this solo piano setting.
Who is Michael Nanasakov?
The first VIRTUAL pianist of the world who plays unplayable, ignored or rarely played pieces. The public profile is “Born in Lithuania, Vitrinus 1955”, but actually Nanasakov is a project with a computer and an automatic playing piano by its producer, Junichi Nanasawa. In 1990, Michael debuted with Godowsky’s the complete 53 studies on Chopin etudes recoding. At the period there’s no satisfying recording of them, so he gained a unique reputation with his “super-human” technique.