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Godowsky: Sonata, Passacaglia / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Godowsky, Leopold : Sonata for Piano in E minor ("Grand Sonata")
>Godowsky, Leopold : Passacaglia on the Opening of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, variations (44) for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"Leopold Godowsky is one of the magic names from the so-called goldenage of pianists, best remembered today for his elaborate Viennese waltz arrangements. The Sonata (for piano in E minor), seems a suprisingly soft-centred, rather wistful work - positively easy listening despite some thick textures... Hamelin's playing - hard to judge in the Sonata because there are no other recordings - comes into its own, gracefully making light of all technical obstacles." ***** - Adrian Jack BBC

'Breathtakingly brilliant... Marc-André Hamelin proves not only that it's possible, but that it's definitely worth the effort. Revelatory' (BBC Music Magazine)

'eloquent, pointed, and moving... A recommendation would be superfluous - this is one for the ages' (Fanfare, USA)

'Handily coupled and as well played as you're ever likely to hear' (International Piano)

'Marc-André Hamelin, pianiste 'd'élite' des causes virtuoses (et rarement perdues), sait nous convaincre de l'intérêt de cette vre' (Classica, France)

'Marc-André Hamelin has the phenomenal technique and razor-sharp musical intellect to succeed with this music where others usually fail... In Hamelin we have a pianist not only equal to the task, but enthusiastic about it... this is a recording every pinaophile should hear and hear again!... an astonishing achievement, imaginatively created and brilliantly realised - and beautifully recorded as well. What a bonus' (bbc.co.uk)

'Hamelin's performance, as one might expect, is magnificent in every way, charged with intensity, colorful, clear, and richly detailed by means of the pianist's consummate technique' (American Record Guide)

'On sait que Marc-André Hamelin possède l'une des plus remarquables techniques pianistiques de notre temps, et l'on ne peut que le remercier de la mettre au service d'vres méconnues' (Répertoire, France)

'a work that becomes more fascinating and absorbing with repeated hearings... this is a mandatory disc for Godowskyites and for connoisseurs of great pianism' (International Record Review)

'Marc-André Hamelin easily copes, both musically and technically; no doubt Godowsky would have approved' (Pianist)

'Hamelin's performance is a magnificent achievement... All lovers of Godowsky's magic will snap up this finely recorded album' (Gramophone)

'Spellbinding performances... a heightened degree of poetic sensitivity... a rare eloquence, courtesy of Hamelin's jaw-dropping pianism' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin passe son 'examen de virtousité' avec panache' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

'Hamelin has something extra - a touch of demonic fire... Hamelin turns out a breathtaking performance' (Punch)



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>Godowsky, Leopold : Sonata for Piano in E minor ("Grand Sonata")
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/22/2001-08/23/2001)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Godowsky, Leopold : Passacaglia on the Opening of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, variations (44) for piano
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/22/2001-08/23/2001)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927