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Kaleidoscope / Marc-Andre Hamelin

Album Summary

>Woods, Edna Bentz : Valse Phantastique, for piano
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
>Hofmann, Josef : Mignonettes (5) for piano
>Hofmann, Josef : Charakterskizzen (4) for Piano
>Hamelin, Marc-André : Etude no 3 (La Campanella) (after Paganini & Liszt), for piano
>Blumenfeld, Felix : Etude for piano (left hand), Op. 36
>Gimpel, Jakob : Concert Paraphrase of 'The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea' (The Marines' Hymn), after Offenbach
>Hamelin, Marc-André : Étude no 6, exercise for piano ("Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti")
>Massenet, Jules : Valse folle, for piano
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Etude for piano in A flat minor, Op. 72/13
>Poulenc, Francis : Intermezzo no 3 for piano in A flat major, FP 118
>Godowsky, Leopold : Triakontameron
>Michalowski, Aleksander : Etude d'apres l'Impromptu A flat major de Chopin, Op. 29
>Lourié, Arthur Vincent : Pieces (4) for piano
>Blanchet, Emile-Robert : Turquie, morceaux (3) for piano, Op. 18
>Casella, Alfredo : Deux contrastes, for piano, Op. 31 ("Hommage à Chopin")
>Vallier, John : Toccatina, for piano
>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Toccatina for piano, Op. 36
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is the kind of disc that no pianist could do better than Marc-Andre Hamelin: a collection of miniature piano rarities and transcriptions... Throughout, the playing carries all the hallmarks of Hamelin on tip-top form: the smooth, suave surface is untroubled in even the most dense or dizzying virtuoso passages, the phrases are turned with poised eloquence, the tone quality is glorious... There's also a delectable and rather deadpan sense of fun..." ***** BBC Music

'This collection of virtuoso encores by mostly forgotten pianist-composers is simply sensational' (The Sunday Times)

'Even if you are used to drawing your breath with incredulity at Hamelin's performances, you should tighten your seat-belt: This disc will make you gasp in amazement and roar in outraged laughter at the same time... the piano disc of the year, perfect in every aspect. Run out and buy it now' (Fanfare, USA)

'Twenty encore pieces for lovers of superhuman virtuosity' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamelin's performances are a wonder of brilliance and refinement. The recordings are superb, Jeremy Nicholas's notes a mine of informative titbits. In Marc-André Hamelin Hyperion clearly has a pianist to turn other record companies green with envy' (Gramophone)

'In latter times a new breed of pianist has appeared, the super-virtuoso for whom no technical challenge is too much. Chief of this tribe of metamusicians is the Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, whose playing defies rational explanation... This is, in short, some of the most phenomenal playing you'll ever hear' (Punch)

'Hamelin's refinement, jaw-dropping virtuosity and sense of sheer fun combine to make the whole lot both irresistible and simply unbelievable. With Hamelin around, who needs Horowitz?'(Piano International)



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>Woods, Edna Bentz : Valse Phantastique, for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1924

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Hofmann, Josef : Mignonettes (5) for piano :: Nocturne (Complaint) in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Hofmann, Josef : Charakterskizzen (4) for Piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hamelin, Marc-André : Etude no 3 (La Campanella) (after Paganini & Liszt), for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Blumenfeld, Felix : Etude for piano (left hand), Op. 36
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Gimpel, Jakob : Concert Paraphrase of 'The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea' (The Marines' Hymn), after Offenbach
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Hamelin, Marc-André : Étude no 6, exercise for piano ("Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti")
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Massenet, Jules : Valse folle, for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Moszkowski, Moritz : Etude for piano in A flat minor, Op. 72/13
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Poulenc, Francis : Intermezzo no 3 for piano in A flat major, FP 118
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Godowsky, Leopold : Triakontameron
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 08/08/1919

>Michalowski, Aleksander : Etude d'apres l'Impromptu A flat major de Chopin, Op. 29
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lourié, Arthur Vincent : Pieces (4) for piano :: no 4, Gigue
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Blanchet, Emile-Robert : Turquie, morceaux (3) for piano, Op. 18 :: no 3, Au jardin du vieux sérail (Andrianople)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Casella, Alfredo : Deux contrastes, for piano, Op. 31 ("Hommage à Chopin")
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1918

>Vallier, John : Toccatina, for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67 :: Autumn
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1899

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Toccatina for piano, Op. 36
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/02/2001-02/04/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary