Marc-André Hamelin
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The Composer-Pianists
Label: Hyperion
Released: June 7, 1998
Catalog Num: CDA67050

Toccata in G flat major Op 13

Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)

Poème tragique Op 34

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

Étude No 9 in F minor 'after Rossini'

Marc-André Hamelin (b. 1961)

Étude No 10 in F sharp minor 'after Chopin'

Marc-André Hamelin (b. 1961)

Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV650

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

arr. Samuel Feinberg (1890-1962)

Symphony No 94 in G major 'Surprise'

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

arr. Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Movement 2: Andante

48 Esquisses Op 63

Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Book 4 No 46: Le premier billet doux

Book 4 No 47: Scherzetto

Fantasia after J S Bach BV253

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Moments musicaux Op 16 revised

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

No 2: E flat minor

Études-tableaux Op 33

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

No 7: E flat major

Deux poèmes Op 71

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)


En rêvant, avec une grande douceur

Berceuse Op 19a

Samuel Feinberg (1890-1962)

Trois morceaux Op 31

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)

No 1: Improvisation: Andantino, gracile

Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant's Song from 'Sadko' by Rimsky-Korsakov

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988)

Étude No 12 in A flat minor 'Prelude and Fugue'

Marc-André Hamelin (b. 1961)

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.

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