The Transcendental Piano

Music of Alkan, Beethoven, and Liszt

Mark Salman

Recorded February 26, 27, and 28, 1993 at Holy Trinity Church, New York City

The piano is a CD166 by Steinway & Sons

Recording Engineer: Christopher Greenleaf
Design: The Philidor Company, Boston
Cover art: Heironymus Bosch, detail from "The Temptation of S. Anthony," National Gallery, Lisbon.
Total playing time: 79:09


  • Charles-Valentin Alkan: Symphonie for Piano Solo, Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7 from Douze études dans les tons mineurs, Opus 39
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Opus 110
  • Liszt Ferenc:
    • Sarabande & Chaconne from Handel's Almira
    • Mephisto Waltz No. 2

About the Performer

Mark Salman gave his first recital at the age of eleven and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. His Carnegie Hall debut featured the New York premieres of three works by Liszt. During the 1990-91 season he performed the cycle of thirty-two Beethoven Sonatas in New York in eight recitals. He was one of the youngest pianists ever to present the complete cycle.

Mr. Salman has been described as "a brilliant musical mind" by David Dubal, author of The Art of the Piano. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he studied with Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. Salman also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he concentrated on chamber music and composition, studying with John Harbison.

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