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Chopin: Sonatas no 2 & 3, Two Nocturnes, Berceuse, Barcarolle / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
>Chopin, Frédéric : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
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Notes & Reviews:

Recent discs from Marc-André Hamelin have concentrated on music that is obscure, under-recorded or virtually unplayable. However in this latest recording he turns his attention to two mainstays of the Romantic repertoire: Chopin’s Piano sonatas. The result is playing of matchless brilliance and consummate artistry, stunningly recorded. As a recent critic of Hamelin’s live performance of the B minor sonata remarked, "Hamelin starts where most other pianists leave off... such was his control that frequently it seemed as though an extra dimension were being added, the music’s teeming internal life clarified by his ability to voice the inner parts."

'Though Hamelin has made many fabulous discs, particularly in repertoire of superhuman virtuosity, this is one of his very finest achievements to date' (Gramophone)

'Chopin's second and third piano sonatas lie at the heart of the Romantic piano literature, and Hamelin, a poet among virtuosos, brings sensibility and a brilliant technique in equal measure to this oft-recorded music ... This is the Chopin of a true Romantic, spellbinding at its (considerable) best and superbly recorded' (Sunday Times)

[Third Sonata] 'Hamelin's impeccable pianism allows him to make light work of the most demanding passages. The first movement is as imposing as you would expect of a player renowned for his staggering virtuosity, but a solid framework also underpins moments of wonderful delicacy. Hamelin builds the Second Sonata just as unerringly, producing a poetic and passionate performance that is finally carried off on a spectral wind ... Hyperion's new release adds up to a hugely satisfying Chopin recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is Chopin playing of a superior kind in which a musician of penetrating intellect is able to observe every detail of these miraculous scores ... This is a fine example of supreme technical skill at the service of musical poetry' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamelin's fabulous, transcendental technique takes all the challenges of the treacherous keyboard writing in its stride ... Hamelin's pianissimos have a wonderful purity and definition' (The Guardian)

'In the Op 27 Nocturnes his hesitations are masterly, while the Berceuse, the seductive opening track, shimmers with pensive beauty ... An excellent excursion into standard repertoire for this adventurous pianist' (The Times)

'It has been a delight to see Marc-André Hamelin, who long explored the bravura fringes of the piano literature, work his way deeper into the standard repertory. The second volume of his survey of Haydn piano sonatas for Hyperion could just as easily have been listed here. Chopin, meanwhile, offers full scope not only for his bravura impulses (which he indulges lustily) but also for an astonishing lyrical gift that increasingly comes to light. The opening Berceuse in D flat is melting' (New York Times, USA)

'Hamelin turns on the nightlight, emphasizing the music's poetry as Chopin's nearly elfin lyricism is the engine behind his music's unearthly beauty. Hamelin inhabits this music utterly, revealing a purely aesthetic ear that is not usually attributed to him. He allows each piece to unfold organically while shaping its broad outlines with a seductive lyrical poetry. Hamelin unfurls Chopin's elegant filigreed lines with ease while never losing the music's inner logic... These are world class Chopin performances' (Audiophile Audition, USA)



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, B 154/Op. 57
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/15/2008-03/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/15/2008-03/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/15/2008-03/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Barcarolle for Piano in F sharp major, B 158/Op. 60
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/15/2008-03/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1845

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Sonata for Piano no 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (03/15/2008-03/17/2008)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844