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Live: Beethoven, Enescu, Chopin / Richard-Hamelin


Release Date: 10/14/2016 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenGeorge EnescuFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The maturity of his playing is most impressive. So too is the scope of his recital, which avoids the obvious. In Beethoven’s Op 51 Rondos he is particularly responsive to the Second Rondo’s more capricious moments, while its close, with a sudden outbreak of high spirits, is delightful. His way with Chopin's early Introduction and Rondo, balancing delicacy and sinew without a hint of sentimentality, is very telling.

But the highlight for me was Enescu’s Second Suite. I have to confess this was new to be—but what a piece! Everywhere, he displays a strong sense of narrative, making him a compelling storyteller. Captured in a warmly immediate recording, Richard-Hamelin is a welcome new voice on the pianistic firmament.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rondos (2) for piano, Op. 51 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1797 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 10 by George Enescu
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1903; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 22 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Introduction in C minor and Rondo in E flat major for Piano, B 76/Op. 16 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Charles Richard-Hamelin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/2016 
Venue:  Live  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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