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)
|1938||21 January||Egon Petri||BBC broadcast|| Unpublished
| 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
|1989||21 August||Marc-André Hamelin||Danacord|| Unpublished
| 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|1989||n/a||Stephanie McCallum||MBS|| Unpublished
| 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
|1990|| 14, 15 March
|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
|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.
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,
|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,
|1998||8 November||Marc-André Hamelin||n/a||n/a||Non-commercial live recording at Philharmonie, Berlin|
|1998||n/a||"Michael Nanasakov"|| Nanasawa
|JNCD-1006|| Produced with computer and Yamaha discklavier
by Junichi Nanasawa.
Nanasawa names the virtual pianist Michael
Third recording of the complete opus 39.
|1999||16 November||Mark Latimer||Appian||APR 5600|| Live recording at Royal Northern College of Music,
|2000||16 May||Marc-André Hamelin||n/a||n/a|| Non-commercial live recording at Herkulessaal,
|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
|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
| "They came to play"
| 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,
|2009||5 August||Marc-André Hamelin||n/a||n/a|| Non-commercial live recording at Stiftung Mozarteum,
|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,
|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
The complete opus 39 in one concert.
|2015||23 June||Paul Wee||Youtube||n/a|| Non-commercial live video recording at Gray’s Inn
|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
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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