The Composer-pianists

Marc-Andre Hamelin

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67050

Release Date:  01 June 1998

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571170503

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    A showcase for Marc-André Hamelin, this disc focuses on the work of a group of composers, all virtuoso pianists themselves, who were fascinated by the possibilities of sound and colour inherent in the piano which could be realized by the transcendentally-equipped executant. Marc himself composes in this tradition and for many the highlight of this disc will be the three studies of his own—pianophiles who until now have only heard these pieces as encores at his recitals will be delighted that these works have finally been recorded. While much of the music is thrillingly virtuosic there is also much which is haunting, such as the Feinberg Berceuse, and the emotional heart of the recital is surely Busoni's Fantasia nach J S Bach, written to commemorate the death of his father. Surprisingly, there is also a strong element of wry humour (also a characteristic of the performer!) which runs from the Haydn/Alkan to the Rossini/Hamelin via Sorabji. All in all, a kaleidoscopic recital which is sure to become a classic.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Godowsky, Toccata In G flat Major
      • 2. Scriabin, Poeme Tragique
      • 3. Hamelin, Etude No, 9 D'apres Rossini
      • 4. Hamelin, Etude No. 10 D'apres Chopin ('Pour Les Idees Noires')
      • 5. Feinberg, Bach Schubler Chorale No. 6 (Transcription)
      • 6. Alkan, Andante From Sym. 94 (Transcription) From Esquisses Op 63
      • 7. Alkan, No 46: Le Premier Billet Doux
      • 8. Alkan, No 47: Scherzetto
      • 9. Busoni, Fantasia Nach J S Bach
      • 10. Rachmaninov, Moment Musical In E Flat Minor
      • 11. Rachmaninov, Etude-Tableau In E flat
      • 12. Scriabin, Deux Poemes, Op. 71. No. 1 Fantastique
      • 13. Scriabin, Deux Poemes, Op. 71. No. 2 En revant...
      • 14. Feinberg, Berceuse
      • 15. Medtner, Improvisation No. 1 in B flat minor
      • 16. Sorabji, Pastiche On Hindu Merchant Song From Sadko
      • 17. Hamelin, Prelude And Fugue