The Enigma of Paris: Charles-Valentin Alkan, Frédéric Chopin,
and the French-Jewish Romance
Arguably the two greatest pianist-composers of 19th century France, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Frédéric Chopin were also both outsiders--one a Jew, the other a Pole. But while Chopin's oeuvre has become the quintessence of Romantic piano music, Alkan, every bit his equal, has been forgotten. In Pro Musica Hebraica's spring concert, we partner with the legendary Marc-André Hamelin to explore the dual legacy of these two musical masters. Hamelin, who has achieved world acclaim as an interpreter of Chopin, has devoted decades to recovering the music of Alkan as well. In this performance he will present a new program highlighting the connections between the artistic language and musical friendship of the two men.
Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 41 min.