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Etude - Lyapunov: Etudes (3); Szymanowski: Studies (12); Kapustin: Five Etudes; Chin: Etudes / Clare Hammond, piano

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  1. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 1, in C $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 2, Sequenzen $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 3, Scherzo ad libitum $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 4, Scalen $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 5, Toccata $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — Piano Etudes: No. 6, Grains $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 1, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 2, Andantino soave $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 3, Vivace assai $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 4, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 5, Andante espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 6, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 7, Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 8, Lento assai mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 9, Animato $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 10, Presto. Tempestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 11, Andante soave $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 12 Studies, Op. 33: No. 12, Presto energico $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 5 Etudes in Various Intervals, Op. 68: No. 1, Allegro. Etude in Minor Seconds $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 5 Etudes in Various Intervals, Op. 68: No. 2, Allegro. Etude in Fourths and Fifths $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 5 Etudes in Various Intervals, Op. 68: No. 3, Animato. Etude in Thirds and Sixths $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 5 Etudes in Various Intervals, Op. 68: No. 4, Vivace. Etude in Major Seconds $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Chin, Kapustin, Lyapunov & Szymanowski — 5 Etudes in Various Intervals, Op. 68: No. 5, Animato. Etude in Octaves $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Lyapunov, Sergey : 12 Études d'exécution transcendante
>Chin, Unsuk : Études (6), for piano
>Szymanowski, Karol : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Études (5) in Different Intervals, for piano, Op. 68
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Notes & Reviews:

As Clare Hammond writes in the liner notes to her thought-provoking selection of piano études, the genre, at its best, 'combines the visceral excitement of technical display with expressive, coloristic and compositional ingenuity'. Opening with three studies from Sergei Lyapunov's 12 Études d'exécution transcendante, composed around the turn of the last century, the programme demonstrates the tremendous developments that have taken place in writing for the piano over the past 120 years. Lyapunov modelled his ample études directly on Liszt's set with the same title, and they epitomise the drama and passion of late Romanticism, fused with a distinctly Russian colour. In comparison, Szymanowski's set of 12 Studies, written in 1916, are miniatures whose mercurial timbres and fleet textures suggest an affinity with Debussy's études, composed one year earlier. 'Twelve small piano pieces forming one whole, interesting technically, difficult' is how Szymanowski described the set to his publisher. Born in the same year that Szymanowski died, Nikolai Kapustin initially set out to become a classical pianist, but at the age of 16 began to study jazz. In his early twenties he decided to focus on composition, and the Five Études in Different Intervals are characteristic of his output in that they fuse formal classical structures with jazz idioms. Of the four composers represented on this disc, Unsuk Chin is the only one who never trained as a pianist. Her six Études, the most recent set on this disc, are natural successors to those by Ligeti with whom Chin studied and reflect her fascination with virtuosity and the playful side of music-making.

The Observer, 18th January 2015
The young British pianist Clare Hammond is fast building a reputation as a stylish interpreter of the new or less familiar... The real interest is the set of six Etudes by Unsuk Chin (b.1961), witty, angular, pointillistic, and the Five Etudes in Different Intervals, punchy and jazzy, by Nikolai Kapustin (b.1937). Hammond brings precision and clarity to all.

Classical Music
A remarkably well-chosen selection of etudes that is the very definition of bravura over barnstorming.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is one of the most enjoyable recordings to come my way this year. Hammond has chosen almost all unknown works, all bristling with technical challenges, but most satisfying in a musical sense as well. The variety of styles presented under the common title "Etude" is huge; everything from Liapounov's romantic Russian virtuosity to Szymanowski, the most obvious Polish successor to Chopin in that idiom. Korean Chin mixes eastern and western styles under the influence of Ligeti, and there are jazz etudes by Ukrainian Kapustin. Hammond also writes very well, and her booklet essay is both informative and entertaining.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2013).



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>Lyapunov, Sergey : 12 Études d'exécution transcendante :: Étude 4. Térek. Allegro impetuoso
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lyapunov, Sergey : 12 Études d'exécution transcendante :: Étude 5. Nuit d'été. Lento ma non troppo
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Lyapunov, Sergey : 12 Études d'exécution transcendante :: Étude 6. Tempête. Allegro agitato molto
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Chin, Unsuk : Études (6), for piano
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995-2003

>Szymanowski, Karol : Etudes (12) for piano, Op. 33, M34
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Études (5) in Different Intervals, for piano, Op. 68
  • Performer: Clare Hammond (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992