Alkan: 12 Etudes Op. 39
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Alkan’s gargatuan Op. 39 Etudes embody a symphony (Etudes 4-7), a solo concertos (Etudes 8-10), an overture (No. 11), and a riotous set of 25 variations depicting the animals of Aesop’s fables (No. 12, La festin d’Esope). The music demands boundless technique and stamina, which Jack Gibbons supplies in spades. He dives headfirst into the treacherous writing, letting the chips fall where they may. One can’t really top Marc-Andre Hamelin’s unflappable proficiency in the concertos, yet Gibb…

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Alkan: 12 Etudes Op. 39