Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the finest pianists in the world for his unrivaled blend of musicianship and virtuosity. He has been acclaimed not only for his intrepid exploration of rarities from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, but also for his probing insights into the standard repertoire. On this recital featuring Schubert's sublime last piano sonata and second set of impromptus, he captures the otherworldliness of these quintessentially "late" works perfectly.
Marc-André Hamelin, as versatile in less showy fare as he is in more virtuosic repertoire, delivers thoughtfulRead more performances that penetrate the often placid surfaces to reveal Schubert's underlying expressions and psychology. His restraint and sensitivity to Schubert's shifting moods, evident in the Sonata, are also apparent his playing of the Four Impromptus, D935.
– All Music Guide
This is spacious Schubert, secure, august and unrushed. it may be in the Sonata’s Andante that the originality of Hamelin’s reading becomes fully evident. With perfect poise, the exquisite voice-leading lends the opening theme a chaste, heroic, noble character.
HAMELIN UN GRANDDecember 17, 2018By Pierre B. (MCMASTERVILLE, QC)See All My Reviews"Marc-André Hamelin creuse ici la partition de la sonate en si bémol majeur comme peu avant lui. La fraîcheur de son jeu n'a d'égale que sa musicalité. Pour avoir entendu quelques excellents pianistes (dont Alfred Brendel) dans cette uvre significative entre toutes du travail de Schubert, je crois que M.-A. Hamelin atteint un niveau d'inter-prétation rarement atteint dans cette uvre-phare du répertoire schubertien."Report Abuse
The Sensitive Side of HamelinOctober 24, 2018By Joseph F. (Stamford, CT)See All My Reviews"One has had to admire Maestro Hamelin's consistently brilliant performances over the many years which have demonstrated an incredible clarity, speed and note-perfect execution. But sometimes his playing left me a bit cold. I thought of him as somewhat mechanical. This recording of the Schubert D 960 and 4 Impromptus D 935, however, show another side of this great pianist. I purchased this CD after hearing him play these same pieces at Caramoor this past Summer in Purchase, NY and was stunned by the sensitivity and slow "old soul" thoughtful pace of the playing. His deep engagement with the music reminded me at times of the autumnal approach of Claudio Arrau. His perfect halting moments were not unlike Schnabel's. While his success in the Impromptus was deeply affecting, they did not reach the heights achieved by Radu Lupu in these shorter pieces. Nevertheless, I love this recording and return to it often. This is Hamelin at his most sensitive and rich sounding. We should look forward to more of this approach from him which, while still "note perfect" and very gripping and fast when needs be, includes moments of deeper humanity and commitment to beauty, memory and sentiment."Report Abuse