The definitive book on Alkan. Originally published in two volumes, the first (Alkan the Man) dealt with the composer's life, background and personality while the second (Alkan the Music) reviewed and analysed the composer's considerable output. This extensively revised reprint in one volume encompasses recent Alkan discoveries, new works, manuscripts, supporting documents and other fresh evidence. There are revised appendices, an expanded bibliography and a new discography which allows the reader to track the proliferation of recordings up to the present day.
“This is an excellent overview of the life and works of the greatest pianist who ever lived by one of his foremost interpreters. Even Liszt was intimidated by the thought of playing in front of Alkan! It is strongly recommended for all lovers of classical music, but for pianists, it is indispensible. ”