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Schumann: Kinderszenen; Waldszenen; Janácek: On the Overgrown Path 1 / Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : On the overgrown path, Book 1
>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Marc-André Hamelin presents a fascinating juxtaposition of two composers who are not obviously musically related, but who are proved on this album to be a felicitous combination. Schumann's Kinderszenen is a masterpiece and a staple of the concert repertoire. Each piece is as deftly and exquisitely crafted as anything in his more outwardly sophisticated mode. Waldszenen is another collection of miniatures, and Schumann's last major cycle for solo piano. Over half a century separates Waldszenen from the first book of Janácek's On the overgrown path. Janácek's subject matter is darker and the piano writing is more treacherous, but the result is one of the composer's most profound and disturbing compositions.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
Time and again he makes you think vocally, of the range and flexibility of a great singer...the knife-edge between composer and interpreter, between creator and recreator is held in the finest balance.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Hamelin has already made several fine recordings of Schumann's piano music, focusing on big virtuoso pieces. He proves to be equally adept at exploring the more intimate side of the composer's character and the two Schumann cycles here are absolutely magical.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Hamelin also delivers a stronger Janacek: his 'Frydek Madonna', taken at a slower pace and with more deliberation given to each chord change, has more gravitas. The excellent liner notes emphasize the unexpected in Janacek's writing: the "twist of the knife" in what seems at first brief and carefree. Where Biss's Janacek seems almost too smooth and elegant, Hamelin constructs contrasts effectively. Hamelin's playing makes for a more effective recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013).



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>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: Our evenings
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: A blown-away leaf
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: Come with us!
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: The Frydek Madonna
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: They chattered like swallows
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: Words fail!
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: Good night!
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: Unutterable anguish
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: In tears
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path, Book 1 :: The barn owl has not flown away!
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (03/30/2013/03/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838