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Hamelin: (12) Etudes / Little Nocturne / Con intissimo sentimento - excerpts / Theme and Variations (Cathy's Variations) Import
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Hamelin plays Hamelin: a glimpse into the fabulously bizarre musical mind of one of the greatest piano virtuosos of today. Marc-Andr Hamelin's twelve tudes, written over a period of nearly twenty-five years, have already achieved cult status by reputation as pianistic challenges beyond the reach of most human fingers. That they will immediately take their place in the concert repertoire of any pianist who thinks themself equal to them is indicated by their contemporaneous publication by Peters Edition New York. The disc is completed by more of Hamelin's compositions, including the quiet and reflective Con intissimo sentimento and the musical love poem Cathy's Variations. As a whole it is a detailed portrait of this talented and complex musician.
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Having had the opportunity to hear Mr Hamelin live a number of times since 2000, I was already convinced he is the greatest living wizard of the art of piano playing. Therefore, one would expect the Etudes originating from his pen to be something out of the ordinary--at least as far as technical considerations go. And no-one would probably argue about the technical achievement here, which not only looks back to the tradition of Chopin, Liszt, Alkan, Debussy, Scriabin, Godowsky, Sorabji et al but also offers some advancement. What I believe Mr Hamelin has done is to create a rich transtemporal buffet of largely diatonic piano studies, meticulously prepared by the hands of a master chef, spiced with all of his patented tricks and above all his intriguing wit.
From a musical point of view, we are obviously not faced with the discovery of another set of Chopin or Debussy Etudes; we are not either quite in the league of Sorabji or Ligeti as to originality. That said, Hamelin's Etudes are the continuation of the kind of late-romantic pianist-composer pastiches mastered by the likes of Godowsky and later Horowitz--and as such, they are individual and interesting enough by a good margin to preserve both in print (Edition Peters) and on record. Does that mean they are automatically 'cold' and 'emotionless', as suggested by Jon Appleton?Read more ›
We have listened to this CD while doing jigsaw puzzles and reading in a cottage by the sea. We play it in the car on the way back and forth to where we live. And on our laptops when we have the TV sound off, watching the Patriots (lose!). The Etudes are engaging, humorous and witty.Read more ›
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A great demonstration of keyboard invention and of prodigious performance. Highly recommended.Published on October 11, 2014 by Stephen Baggaley
I thought i was buying the Transcendental Etudes. I love his recording of Ibéria - it's almost unbelievably beautiful. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Edward Emerson
What can one add to the recordings of Marc André Hamelin, that is not universally known? Everything this super virtuoso records, is unsurpassed. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Pianist
The idea of an etude, or study, was originally as an exercise to practise a particular aspect of piano technique. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by A. J. Finch
Hamelin's genius is revealed aptly in this CD. If you enjoy stunning virtuosity mixed with unparalleled musicality, you will love this CD.Published on January 23, 2011 by Daniel Howe
This is an astonishing recording! Hamelin's etudes should be played as a separate concert sequence by major pianists of the day. Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by Alexei Kireyev