Maltempo was born in 1985 and completed his musical studies under the guidance of Salvatore Orlando (disciple of the pianist Sergio Fiorentino) graduating with highest honors from the Conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome. After he follows the courses of Riccardo Risaliti at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. This 3 CD contains the major cyclical works by Alkan: the complete Études dans tous les tons mineurs Op. 39, the Sonata “Les quatre âges” and the Sonatina.These towering works of unprecedented proportions, difficulty and originality form a landmark of 19th century pianism, only comparable with Liszt’s compositions in these genres.Alkan’s deep musicality and humanity lift these works from mere curiosities (or monstrosities..) to genuine and universal works of art.This set is a reissue of 3 previously released CD’s, all played by young Italian Vincenzo Maltempo. Their release caused a true sensation: “exhilarating, a revelation!” (Guardian, selected among the 10 best CD’s of 2012), “his playing flashes with summer lightning” (Gramophone), “Maltempo puts his phenomenal technique at the service of his poetic vision”(Piano News), “with this passionate performance Maltempo confirms his place in the restricted circle of Alkan’s best performers” (5 star, Diapason) and many more.