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Alkan: Les Quatre Ages, Festin d'Ésope, etc / Hamelin

Album Summary

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Barcarolle
>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Le festin d'Esope, variations for piano in E minor (Etudes dans tous les tons mineurs no 12), Op. 3
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Notes & Reviews:

"...This is one of the best releases of anything to have been made, a classic of the recorded era as soon as it appears. It's phenomenal. Staggering. Breathtaking. Bring me some extra exclamation marks: I don't think I have ever come across a release where the conventional expressions of amazement falls so far below what is required to do the playing justice." -Fanfare

'Breathtaking virtuosity, outshining all rivals' (The Guardian)

'The whole disc is an outstanding achievement - There's no better introduction in the current catalogue to this intriguing, paradoxical composer' (The Independent)

'Sa virtuosité hors du commun, symbolisée par une fluidité et un contrôle de la dynamique tout simplement sidérants' (Répertoire, France)

'Without a shadow of a doubt the finest Alkan recording ever made' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'Another Hyperion/Hamelin must' (Gramophone)

'The virtuosity is mind-boggling' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Un virtuoso sbalorditivo ... destinato a fare la gioia di chi cerca il virtuosismo puro (qui elevato a livelli stratosferici) e l'originalità del programma' (Musica, Italy)

'Breathtaking' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Alkan est servi par un pianiste à la technique stupéfiante' (Répertoire, France)

'One of the phenomenal pianists of the century ... superhuman ... staggering virtuosity' (American Record Guide)

'Phenomenal. Breathtaking. Staggering' (Fanfare, USA)

'The quality of playing throughout is on that mouth-gaping, heart-pounding level where amazement and high respect result from an overwhelming experience. . . That someone could play this way is imaginable. That someone is actually playing this way is unbelievable. I heard this CD's Sonatina and Aesop for the first time in my car. I nearly drove off the road - several times' (Fanfare, USA)

'Easily one of the best piano recordings ever made' (Fanfare, USA)

'Truly extraordinaryquite simply, self-recommending' (International Record Review)

'Hamelin's breathtakingly confident accounts of this under-rated music are as compulsive as they are revelatory' (Amazon.co.uk)

'The stupendous Hamelin truly gets under the skin of this ambitious, philosophical music and the mountain ranges of technical ability that it demands. The finest Alkan pianist of his generation' (BBC Music Magazine)



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>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Grande Sonate "Les Quatre Ages", for piano in D major, Op. 33
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/23/1994/11/24/1994
  • Running Time: 37 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1847

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Sonatine, for piano in A minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/23/1994/11/24/1994
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Barcarolle :: Assez lentemente, for piano in G minor (Recueil de Chants 3/6), Op. 65/6
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/23/1994/11/24/1994
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Alkan, Charles-Valentin : Le festin d'Esope, variations for piano in E minor (Études dans tous les tons mineurs no 12), Op. 3
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/23/1994/11/24/1994
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846-1857