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E. Auer/Y. Hanani: Alkan "Sonate de Concert" Mov. 1

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Published on Sep 4, 2010

Edward Auer (piano) and Yehuda Hanani (cello) made the pioneering recording of Alkan's cello sonata in 1981. The record is now out of circulation, so it's very hard to find. However, I think that it is a fantastic recording! Here's the first movement, reuploaded with score so you can follow along!

"I was never caught up in the romantic revival that has been in vogue in musical circles over the last decade and a half, and I had never listened seriously to the few recordings available of Alkan's music before I heard this one. Alkan was a Parisian contemporary of Chopin and Liszt renowned for his pianistic virtuosity and eccentric compositions. To judge from this example, his music was wonderful as well as eccentric. Each of the four movements of this sonata has a most individual profile, and each is as beautiful as it is strange. The secure, sometimes brilliant performance by cellist Hanani and pianist Auer argues convincingly for the composer, and I have to count Alkan my leading personal discovery in 1981."

- W.L. Taitte, from January 1982's issue of Texas Monthly, in the article "The Best Classical Records of 1981" page 144.

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