horizontal line

For the second disc in his gargantuan 17-CD project to record all Alkan’s piano music, Mark Viner gives us the 25 Préludes with an exemplary musicianship and assurance. Viner’s album will do much to alter the perception of a composer once dismissed as eccentric and unplayable. Even when compared with Olli Mustonen’s early Decca version of the Préludes, Viner’s readings capture a special sense of Alkan’s richly inclusive character. Whether in the tranquillity of No 1, the solemnity and distant chimes of No 6, or in the robust and mettlesome fugue of No 10, he makes you eager for further issues from this outstanding and most enterprising pianist.

BRYCE MORRISON Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Piano International, 2019 - ©Rhinegold Publishing