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In 1983, Alkan is at the height of glory as pianist-composer. The pieces published in the year were rarely played until now, but undoubtfully masterpiece; he illustrates his uniqueness for the first time. All the tunes the CD contains are of astonishing innovation, demolish transcendence. In all aspects, these 12 pieces are the most important ones for following up Alkan’s artistic development, and comparable to notorious “12 Etudes in all minor keys” and “12 Etudes in all major keys”. Additionally “Le preux (the brave), op.17” in 1844 is included.
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.