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Beautifully played, and characteristic Deljavan,
This review is from: Alkan: Sonatine, 3 Grandes études & 2 pe (Audio CD)
If you enjoyed Alessandro Deljavan's performances in the Van Cliburn competition, you will most definitely enjoy this CD. It features all of the personality, freshness, and spontaneity that is so characteristic of his playing, and that fits perfectly with Alkan's overall style (and slight quirkiness/sense of humor). The first two Op. 76 etudes are executed with great virtuosity and grandeur, but also very romantically and profoundly. The third etude, "Hands Reunited" displays Deljavan's absolutely impeccable technique that takes no prisoners, as well as great wit and charm. The firecracker of a "Sonatine" is rattled off with just as much confidence, wit, charm, and personality; once again, Deljavan's personality meshing perfectly with Alkan's. And finally, the two pieces Op. 60, are played with such warmth and sensitivity (two traits that are abundant in Alkan's compositions, despite popular and inaccurate critism), especially the second work.
If you are a fan of Alkan's music, this is most definitely a disc to add to your library. And if you are not, or are not familiar with his music, this disc is a fantastic starting point, or will add a fresh new perspective of Alkan's wonderful sound world and imagination.