Discography of Alkan's Concerto pour piano seul

Études nos. 8-10 from Douze études dans tous les tons mineurs, opus 39.

The list is cronological with respect to date of recording. I welcome any additions or corrections.

"Op. 39 is a towering achievement [...] Our only remaining evidence of a technique that caused even Liszt to feel uneasy when playing in Alkan's presence." (Ronald Smith)

Year Date Pianist Cover Label Reference Comments
1938 21 January Egon Petri BBC broadcast Unpublished
or lost
Petri's performance could be the world premiere
unless Vianna da Motta's London performance
on 19 November 1903 not only included the first
movement, but also the other two.

Petri recorded the Symphonie, op. 39 nos. 4-7,
in 1952-53 (Symposium 1145).
1968 n/a Ronald Smith EMI HQS1204 The first movement is performed with cuts devised
by Ronald Smith.

Smith recorded the Symphonie, op. 39 nos. 4-7,
in 1969 (Unicorn UNS 206) and Le Festin d'Esope,
op. 39 no. 12, in 1968 (Oryx 1803), the latter on an
1851 Érard grand piano.
1969 September John Ogdon Philips 456 913-2
1977 10-12 January Ronald Smith Appian APR 7031 First recording of the complete opus 39.

Smith has also performed the complete opus 39 in
the course of a day.

Smith's second recording of the Concerto and
Symphonie.
1989 21 August Marc-André Hamelin Danacord Unpublished
live recording
Danacord has issued a selection of works from
their recording of the 1989 "Schloss vor Husum"
festival (DACOCD 349). However, the Alkan Concerto
by Hamelin is not included in the issued selection.
1989 n/a Stephanie McCallum MBS Unpublished
or lost
Although MBS was delighted with the performance,
the recording was discarded due to poor recording
quality. Hence, McCallum re-recorded the work in
December 1990 at a different venue and on a different
piano.
1990 14, 15 March
9-11 May
Osamu Nakamura Epic/Sony ESCK 8005
1990 December Stephanie McCallum MBS MBS 24 CD McCallum recorded the Symphonie, op. 39 nos. 4-7,
in 1995 (Tall Poppies TP081).
1991 20 October Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Église de
l'Assomption, Montreal
1991 October Marc-André Hamelin Music & Arts CD-724
1993 16 July Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording in Lanaudière, Canada
1994 19 November Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Paris Conservatoire
1994 29 November Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at BBC Pebble Mill
Studio One, Birmingham
1995 23-27 January Jack Gibbons ASV CD DCS 227 Second recording of the complete opus 39.

The recording was made shortly after Gibbons gave
the first ever performance of the complete opus 39
at a single concert in Oxford on 18 January 1995.
Gibbons has performed the complete opus 39 further
three times: London on 15 February 1996, Oxford
on 25 August 2013, New York on 15 December 2013.

Gibbons first performed the Concerto at age 16.
1995 16-18 December

Dmitry Feofanov


Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Robert Stankovsky
Naxos 8.553702 Karl Klindworth's 1872/1902 orchestration of the
first movement only.

Alkan examined the score 1885-1888 and the
1902 version may reflect suggestions by Alkan.

Klindworth dedicated the work to Vianna da Motta
who had performed the original first movement in
Berlin on 13 December 1899.
1996 6 April Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Merkin Hall,
New York
1997 9 August Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at La Roque d'Anthéron
1997 14 December Marc-André Hamelin Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Casals Hall,
Tokyo
1998 8 November Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Philharmonie, Berlin
1998 n/a "Michael Nanasakov" Nanasawa
Articulates
JNCD-1006 Produced with computer and Yamaha discklavier
by Junichi Nanasawa.

Nanasawa names the virtual pianist Michael
Nanasakov.

Third recording of the complete opus 39.
1999 16 November Mark Latimer Appian APR 5600 Live recording at Royal Northern College of Music,
Manchester
2000 16 May Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Herkulessaal,
Munich
2000 11 November Stefan Lindgren SR Records SRCD 2028 Live recording at Nybrokajen 11, Stockholm

Lindgren has also recorded the Symphonie,
op. 39 nos. 4-7 (Daphne 1034, 1998).
2005 6 October Stephanie McCallum ABC 476 5335 Fourth recording of the complete opus 39,
recorded 1999, 2004 and 2005. Her second
recording of the Concerto and Symphonie.

McCallum is the only pianist who has recorded
the complete opus 39 as well as the complete
opus 35, Douze études dans tous les tons
majeurs (Tall Poppies Records TP055, 1992).
2006 9, 10 February Marc-André Hamelin Hyperion CDA67569 Hamelin has also recorded the Symphonie,
op. 39 nos. 4-7 (Hyperion CDA67218, 2000) and
Le Festin d'Esope, op. 39 no. 12 (Hyperion
CDA66794, 1994).
2007 3 March Jack Gibbons Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Carnegie Hall
(Weill Recital Hall).
2007 3 June Ken Iisaka Van Cliburn
Foundation
"They came to play"
Documentary DVD
Although Iisaka "only" performs the first movement
he certainly deserves to be included here in respect
for his courage to include this half-hour étude in his
final round recital at The International Piano
Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.
2007 8 July Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Pittville Pump Room,
Cheltenham Town Hall
2008 30 October Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York
2009 23 May Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Mozartsaal,
Schwetzingen
2009 5 August Marc-André Hamelin n/a n/a Non-commercial live recording at Stiftung Mozarteum,
Salzburg
2009 5 December Emanuele Delucchi Youtube n/a Non-commercial live audio recording, Genoa

Delucchi won first price (jointly with Mark Viner)
at the 2012 Alkan-Zimmerman International
Piano Competition. A performance of the Alkan
Concerto was a mandatory requirement.
2009 9 December Tomasz Kamieniak Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Dom Aktera,
Kiev
2012-
2013
n/a Michael Rose CD Baby n/a
2013 June Vincenzo Maltempo Piano Classics PCL0061 Maltempo has recorded the complete opus 39 on
Piano Classics. As well as the Concerto, PCL0061
includes études nos. 1-3. The Symphonie, op. 39
nos. 4-7, is found on PCL0038, recorded 2011.
Remaining études are on PCL0056, recorded 2012.
2013 2 November Vincenzo Maltempo Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Minato Mirai
Hall, Yokohama

The complete opus 39 in one concert.
2015 23 June Paul Wee Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at Gray’s Inn
Chapel, London
2016 25-27 April Yui Morishita ALM Records ALCD-7203 Morishita has also recorded the Symphonie,
op. 39 nos. 4-7 (ALCD-7193, 2015).
2016 6 July Paul Wee Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording at St Mary’s
Church, London

Also published on CD for Alkan Society members.
2017 9 March Stéphanie Elbaz Youtube n/a Non-commercial live video recording, Prague

The date is the Youtube publication date.

Finnish pianist Teppo Koivisto performed the complete opus 39 in one concert in Helsinki on 3 February 2007. This was the third performance of the complete opus 39.

Bernard Ringeissen has recorded the complete opus 39, except for the Concerto, on Marco Polo 8.223285 (recorded 22-24 May 1989) and 8.223351 (recorded March 1990); the latter includes the complete
Douze Études dans tous les tons majeurs opus 35. In 1970 Michael Ponti recorded eight of the twelve opus 39 études on Vox CDX 5151, excluding the Concerto and the Ouverture from the complete set.

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