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Paganini Studies / Schubert March Transcriptions
 
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Paganini Studies / Schubert March Transcriptions [Import]

F. Liszt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00006B1LB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paganini Etudes (6), for piano (Grandes Études de Paganini), S. 141 (LW A173): Etude No. 6 in A minor ('Theme and variations')

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Hamelin and Hyperion have come up with an unusual and interesting program, balancing well-known Liszt transcriptions against all-but-unknown ones. The "Paganini Etudes" are among Liszt's better-known piano works, a heartfelt tribute to the violin virtuoso who inspired Liszt to greater heights of piano virtuosity. They're thrillers, and Hamelin has the technique and temperament to compete with the most famous Lisztianers who have recorded them. The Schubert Marches are rarities, both in the original four-hand versions and in Liszt's arrangements. Annotator Jeremy Nicholas does an excellent job of explaining where Liszt got his materials (two of the three Marches come from more than one work of Schubert's) and how he used them. The music sounds like a hybrid of Schubert and Liszt, very effective and engrossing, and Hamelin's playing is predictably intense. Score another winner for Hamelin, one of the most adventurous of all active pianists, and for Hyperion's presentation in all aspects. --Leslie Gerber

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Virtuosity! Magnificent! July 7, 2005
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I have enjoyed this music, performed by Leslie Howard as part of his exhaustive Liszt repertoire, for many years. Marc-Andre Hamelin takes the six Paganini Grand Etudes to new heights of glory and inspiration. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous virtuosity July 9, 2014
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This recording supplies a real pleasure to the listener. First, the pieces themselves: Paganini Etudes transcribed and arranged for piano by Liszt compound an appealing challenge for each pianist, but only few are in full possession of the required virtuosity to approach them. Marc-Andre Hamelin is definitely one of those very few who can convey in such a repertory more than merely the keyboard wizardry. His flawless command of the piano combined with his unfailing musicianship lead straight to a fabulous version of these warhorses in the piano literature. Melodious and vivid are Liszt transcriptions from Schubert as well. Simply enchanting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hamelin's best May 27, 2014
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Many of us may have wondered how Marc-Andre Hamelin would play "Liszt' "original" Campanella" after having heard the pianist's own diabolical etude based on Franz' hallmark for right-hand-long-distance-travel on the Kaleidoscope cd. Well, in 4'42 history's most technically gifted pianist provides a definite answer and definitive version.
Thanks to a photographic precision in realizing the score and a complete control of accentuation and timbre the result makes you simultaneously drop your jaw and lick your fingers. These attributes equally apply to the other five Paganini studies. I have been previously blamed for comparing Hamelin's technique to Horowitz' and gladly concede here that any comparison is irrelevant. A disc like this represents the pianistic equivalent of what Bob Beaman did in Mexico City in 1968.
Yet, there is a catch when it comes to the etudes. I have had the chance to witness the complete set a few times live in concert and remember one outstanding version by Vladimir Ovchinikov. These performances made it very clear that Liszt turned the "risk dial" up so high, that pianists of generations yet to come would have to walk the tightrope in the middle of a force 5 hurricane to emulate the diabolical Niccolo. While he himself is the last person to be blamed for it, Hamelin's version often gives the impression of a lightning fast, relaxed ride down a 12-lane interstate. As a consequence, any trepidation along the lines "will he be able to keep up this insane tempo in the next passage" disappears entirely. While Marc-Andre has injected a light sense of humor in these interpretations, his substituting "pleasure for pain" cannot help but highlight the musical limitations of these scores.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars formidable liszt playing September 16, 2002
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Marc-André Hamelin, returns again to the recording studio to make an exquisite disc of the Liszt Pagannini Etudes, with complete control, dynamic range and feroceous fingerwork which will make any advanced pianist, let alone the common listener's jaw drop to the ground. He puts to use his unbelievable technique which has proved itself in the past in discs such as the Busoni Piano Concerto, Kaleidascope (Unbelievable Encores) and Godowsky-Chopin Studies, Sonata and Passacaglia. Here, he spins each Liszt etude inspired by the immense virtuosity he witnessed of Pagannini with complete ease and confidence. For the most breath-taking performance, listen to Hamelin play "La Campanella" with complete disregard for the technical challenges which would make any college professor of piano think twice about playing it. He conveys a complete joy and love for the etudes, and still shows the raw power of all of the peices. Hamelin next release should be a disc of Symaniowski peices followed by more discs of Schumann, Kapustin and Schubert sonatas. Hopefully he will move on in the liszt piano music to the trancedental etudes which are in need of a modern benchmark, which surely Hamelin will most likely be up to. This reccording is highly reccomended.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superb recording of rare repertory July 29, 2003
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after enduring the disappointingly arid experience of hamelin's medtner compilation, it is refreshing and revealing to hear him in more mainstream keyboard pieces.
good recorded versions of the paganini etudes have been hard to come by, as they tend to get overshadowed by the transcendental etudes. hamelin is entirely up to the technical challenges, though i found an imbalance in his approach: the delicate works or passages, in particular the "campanella" etude (adapted from a paganini violin concerto) are utterly ravishing, with a delicacy and fluency of touch that is like nothing i've heard in these works before. but the beefier and more dramatic passages, for example the opening of the first etude, seem relatively restrained and even lackluster. odd, as similar passages in the medtner works are enunciated with plenty of spit.
i found the schubert marches less appealing musically, though if you don't like what you're hearing just wait for a minute or two and the themes will change. i hear in these works a schubert vacillating between the poetic sonata composer and the more virtuosic "wandererfantasie" composer, and not coming down on either side.
until hamelin gets around to recording the transcendental etudes, i can strongly recommend the boris berezovsky version on emi, or the old ashkenazy recording -- if you can find it.
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