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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Bernard Ringeissen gives a very brilliant account of the Etudes. The 1990 Naxos recording is very faithful, and at this bargain-basement price the attractions of the set are further enhanced by Le Festin d’Esope, also very impressive here.

Peter Knapp
The Patriot Ledger, June 2002

The 25 variations cover an astonishing range, from funny tricks to swift will-o'-wisp filigree to immense chordal structures...These etudes are not just athletic events but also contain graceful melodies in interesting settings.

American Record Guide, June 2002

"In this sleight of hand, Bernard Ringeissen succeeds brilliantly. His interpretation is virtuoso and virtuous while respecting all of the composer's exigencies. Economical in his use of the pedal and in the rubatos, he achieves the required clarity thanks to his light tough and also thanks to the piano used for the recording. In this stylistic exercise, Ringeissen excels in his playing, mixing assurance, resolution, precision, and articulation."

Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, February 2002

"Ringeissen finds the feverish intensity for the Scherzo Diabolico as well as the virtuosity for the etudes."

Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine, December 2001

"This re-release of Bernard Ringeissen's accounts of the Op.35 major-key studies provides a fine start to the Naxos survey of Alkan's extraordinary piano works. The fearsome technical demands never find Ringeissen wanting, with sparks flying in the fifth and sixth pieces. Nevertheless, greatest reward comes in the calmer works, such as the exquisite tenth study (Chant d'amour - Chant de mort)."

Dan Davis, November 2001

"Bernard Ringeissen has the big technique and stylistic empathy to deliver outstanding performances of Alkan's weird and wonderful piano music. His well-received Alkan series on Marco Polo is now being reissued on Naxos, whose budget price makes it an even more desirable acquisition. Ringeissen plays with the energy necessary to make the music come alive...A well-played program of enduring interest."

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