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The Composer-pianists - Godowsky, Scriabin, Et Al / Hamelin


Release Date: 07/14/1998 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67050   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leopold GodowskyAlexander ScriabinMarc-André HamelinCharles Valentin Alkan,   ... 
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 JSBach, written to Read more 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. GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata for Piano, Op. 13 by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
2.
Poème tragique for Piano, Op. 34 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Russia 
3.
Etude for Piano no 9 by Marc-André Hamelin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 
4.
Etude for Piano no 10 by Marc-André Hamelin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987 
5.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 46, Le Premier Billet Doux by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
6.
Esquisses (48) for Piano, Op. 63: no 47, Scherzetto by Charles Valentin Alkan
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; France 
7.
Fantasia after Johann Sebastian Bach for Piano, K 253 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Berlin, Germany 
8.
Moments musicaux (6), Op. 16: no 2, Allegretto in E flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
9.
Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 7 in E flat major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
10.
Poèmes (2) for Piano, Op. 71 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; Russia 
11.
Berceuse for Piano, Op. 19a by Samuel Feinberg
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USSR 
12.
Morceaux (3) for Piano, Op. 31: no 1, Improvisation by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1914-15; France 
13.
Pastiches (3) for Piano: no 3, Hindu Merchant's Song by Kaikhosru Sorabji
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
14.
Etude for Piano no 12 "Prelude and Fugue" by Marc-André Hamelin
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 6, Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Samuel Feinberg 
16.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise": 2nd movement, Andante by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Notes: Transcribed: Charles-Valentin Alkan 

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