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Grainger: Piano Music / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Grainger, Percy : Jutish Medley, folk songs for piano (DFMS 8)
>Grainger, Percy : Colonial Song
>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore
>Grainger, Percy : Harvest Hymn, for piano
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Dances (4), Op. 89
>Grainger, Percy : Spoon River
>Grainger, Percy : Country Gardens, folk song for piano (BFMS 22)
>Grainger, Percy : Walking Tune
>Grainger, Percy : Mock Morris, for piano (original and concert versions) (RMTB 1)
>Grainger, Percy : Ramble on R Strauss's love duet from "Der Rosenkavalier"
>Grainger, Percy : Shepherd's Hey!, folk song for piano (2 versions) (BFMS 4)
>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for piano (BFMS 6)
>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
>Grainger, Percy : The Hunter in His Career, song for piano (OEPM 4)
>Grainger, Percy : Scotch Strathspey and Reel, folk song for piano (BFMS 37)
>Grainger, Percy : The Gumsuckers March, for piano (In a Nutshell, no 4)
>Grainger, Percy : The Merry King, folk song for piano (BFMS 38)
>Grainger, Percy : In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher), for piano (edited by Ronald Stevenson)
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Notes & Reviews:

"...Certainly there has been a real need for a single-disc collection of Grainger's best and most familiar keyboard pieces. Hamelin and Hyperion fill the bill in splendid fashion with this recital of 19 works. True to form, Hamelin plays with a combination of refinement, zestful energy, and unlimited pianistic sophistication that would be hard to match...The Hyperion sonics are crisp and immediate - exactly what the music requires..." -Manildi, A.R.G.

'The wizardry of Grainger's invention is never out of step with Hamelin's fingers - all 20 (or so it seems) of them. Try and keep your lower jaw in place as [he] negotiates Grainger's 'cakewalk smasher' In Dahomey' (The Independent)

'Hamelin's pleasure in this repertoire - challenging to the pianist, delightful to the listener - is manifest in every bar' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ici l'interprète se doit de broyer l'ivoire, et l'étourdissante technique de Marc-André Hamelin s'y entend à merveille! Si l'on ajoute son extrême délicatesse de toucher, son phrasé lyrique et chaleureux trouvant d'instinct le chemin du coeur, on comprendra que ces prouesses pianistiques laissent pantois, ému au point que l'on ne sait plus très bien si l'on rit, mais on tout cas pris aux tripes' (Diapason, France)

'This hugely enjoyable recital is a distinguished addition to Hamelin's already remarkable discography' (Hi Fi News)

'Grainger demanda tanto una agilidad sorprendente como gran delicadeza en el fraseo, virtudes ambas que posee el solista canadiense' (CD Compact, Spain)

'One of the most brilliant and sensitive young pianists we have on the scene today. His technique is formidable: the more fiendishly difficult a piece is, the more spectacularly he plays it. Yet... what sets him apart as a pianist is his uncanny ability to melt your heart' (Fi, USA)

'Marc-André Hamelin's Grainger disc must stand as one of the best that could ever possibly be made. The powers Hamelin has at his disposal are endless. A colossal musician' (Soundscapes, Australia)

'Definitely a contender for piano record of the year' (San Francisco Examiner)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is perhaps one of the most riveting and satisfying anthologies of Grainger's music. Hamelin's superb control and artistry just about sweep the board if you're looking for a disc that not only brings you all the old favourites but also explores some of the less familiar music, such as Grainger's arrangements of two of Stanford's Irish Dances, the Cakewalk Smasher, In Dahomey or some of the rather less familiar folk-music settings such as The Merry King - the latter a delightful discovery.

The deceptive ease with which Hamelin presents these pieces is quite breathtaking. The Irish Tunefrom County Derry, for instance, contains some exacting problems which call on the pianist to play ppp in the outer fingers and mf with the middle in order to bring out the melody which Grainger places almost entirely within the middle register of the piano, and yet Hamelin makes it sound incredibly natural.



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Works Details

>Grainger, Percy : Jutish Medley, folk songs for piano (DFMS 8)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/1927-11/1927

>Grainger, Percy : Colonial Song
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1913

>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1918

>Grainger, Percy : Harvest Hymn, for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1936

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Dances (4), Op. 89 :: no 4
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Spoon River
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1922

>Grainger, Percy : Country Gardens, folk song for piano (BFMS 22)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1918

>Grainger, Percy : Walking Tune
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1905

>Grainger, Percy : Mock Morris, for piano (original and concert versions) (RMTB 1)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Grainger, Percy : Ramble on R Strauss's love duet from "Der Rosenkavalier"
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Shepherd's Hey!, folk song for piano (2 versions) (BFMS 4)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1913

>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for piano (BFMS 6)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1911

>Grainger, Percy : Handel in the Strand
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911-1930

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Irish Dances (4), Op. 89 :: no 1
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : The Hunter in His Career, song for piano (OEPM 4)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Scotch Strathspey and Reel, folk song for piano (BFMS 37)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1937-1939

>Grainger, Percy : The Gumsuckers March, for piano (In a Nutshell, no 4)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1905-1916

>Grainger, Percy : The Merry King, folk song for piano (BFMS 38)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1939

>Grainger, Percy : In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher), for piano (edited by Ronald Stevenson)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/08/1996-01/10/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic