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CD Presentation - Albert Frantz - Bösendorfer Showroom - 6.12.2012

A heartfelt congratulations to our Bösendorfer Artist, Albert Frantz, on his new CD!

On 6 December 2012, the American pianist Albert Frantz will present his CD of works by Charles-Valentin Alkan, released by the Gramola label, at Bösendorfer Downtown in Vienna.

Moderator: Richard Winter (Gramola CEO)

6:30 PM / free entry
Location: Bösendorfer Showroom,  Canovagasse 4, 1010 Wien
Reservation required: 01 504 66 51-311

On this CD, the award-winning pianist and teacher Albert Frantz addresses himself to the French composer and piano virtuoso Charles-Valentin Alkan, who throughout his lifetime and up to today has always been overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann. Not the least determining factor in this development is the enormous technical demands Alkan's works make, sometimes leaving the level of Franz Liszt far behind. The Grandes Etudes op. 76, for instance, consist of one movement for the left hand alone and one for the right hand, whereas the third Etude reunites both hands. The Grande Sonate 'Les quatre âges' op. 33 portrays four different ages in a man's life, already anticipating the thematic realization of characters by means of an idée fixe nine years before Liszt's Sonata in B minor (1853).