This music needs a performer full of freedom, imagination and with great fingers, all of which describes Osborne… I knew that Osborne’s latest offering would be outstanding Pianist (Editor's pick)

Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) | 74'23
Hyperion Records CDA67377

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EDITOR’S CHOICE (GRAMOPHONE)

EDITOR’S PICK (PIANIST MAGAZINE)

10 DE REPERTOIRE



A sensitivity, radiance and finesse rarely encountered from even the finest pianists… An invaluable disc
Gramophone (Editor's pick)

Osborne’s playing is breathtaking
Classic FM Magazine

These miniatures call for a pianist of great sensitivity, character and receptiveness to the music’s diverse, perfectly crystallised moods… Osborne is just the man… This is a revelatory disc, and one to cherish
Daily Telegraph

A major keyboard musician… the music rather than his ego comes first
The Times

Le jeune Britannique s’en tire avec les honneurs, par une inventivité sonore de tous les instants et une musicalité attentive aux humeurs suggérées par l’harmonie, et surtout grâce à une technique brillante, qui reste le meilleur moyen de mettre en valeur la variété des formulas d’Alkan
Diapason, France

Un ‘must’ qui complète parfaitement le riche catalogue Hyperion consacré à ce compositeur
Répertoire, France

Osborne has a delightfully varied touch that brings out the character, wit and invention of these often exquisite and tantalisingly short and familiar pieces
Inverness Courier

Osborne fulfils his task brilliantly on what will be one of the CDs of the year
Liverpool Daily Post

Having introduced these Esquisses to us, Osborne deserves our gratitude… While they still hold material that will test the pianist, they are often sublime, requiring a performer of the utmost sensitivity, and in Osborne they find the perfect exponent
Hi-Fi Plus




Alkan: Esquisses, Op 63
  • No 1: La Vision
     

  • No 2: Le Staccatissimo
     

  • No 3: Le Legatissimo
     

  • No 4: Les Cloches
     

  • No 5: Les Initiés
     

  • No 6: Fuguette
     

  • No 7: Le Frisson
     

  • No 8: Pseudo-Naïveté
     

  • No 9: Confidence
     

  • No 10: Increpatio
     

  • No 11: Les Soupirs
     

  • No 12: Barcarollette
     

  • No 13: Ressouvenir
     

  • No 14: Duettino
      

  • No 15: Tutti de Concerto dans le genre ancien
     

  • No 16: Fantaisie
     

  • No 17: Petit prélude à 3
     

  • No 18: Liedchen
      

  • No 19: Grâces
     

  • No 20: Petite marche villageoise
     

  • No 21: Morituri te salutant
      

  • No 22: Innocenzia
     

  • No 23: L’Homme aux sabots
     

  • No 24: Contredanse
     

  • No 25: La Poursuite
      

  • No 26: Petit air
     

  • No 27: Rigaudon
     

  • No 28: Inflexibilité
     

  • No 29: Délire
      

  • No 30: Petit air dolent
      

  • No 31: Début de quatuor
     

  • No 32: Minuettino
     

  • No 33: Fais dodo
     

  • No 34: Odi profanum vulgus et arceo
     

  • No 35: Musique militaire
     

  • No 36: Toccatina
     

  • No 37: Scherzettino
     

  • No 38: Les bons souhaits
     

  • No 39: Héraclite et Démocrite
     

  • No 40: Attendez-moi sous l’orme
     

  • No 41: Les Enharmoniques
     

  • No 42: Petit air à 5 voix
     

  • No 43: Notturnino – Innamorato
     

  • No 44: Transports
     

  • No 45: Les Diablotins
     

  • No 46: Le premier billet doux
     

  • No 47: Scherzetto
     

  • No 48: En Songe
     

  • Laus Deo
     

 
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