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Liszt: Paganini Studies & Schubert Transcriptions / Hamelin

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
>Liszt, Franz : Schuberts Marsche (3), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 819 & 968b), S. 426 (LW A123)
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Notes & Reviews:

Paganini was the foremost virtuoso of his day, on any instrument, and having heard him in Paris in 1832 Liszt was determined to replicate his showmanship and mastery on the piano. His etudes, based on Paganini's infamous Caprices are the culmination of this early creative spark. Marc-Andre Hamelin's virtuosity is both nonchalant and dazzling. He brings wit and sparkle to the Paganini Etudes and great power and architectural control to the Schubert Marches.

'A technique that leaves one open-mouthed with wonderment... the delicate filigree of his rapid chromatic scales is as witty as his scales in tenths and double octaves are awesome' (The Sunday Times)

'A brilliantly successful recital' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin's technical mastery is legendary... All in all a remarkable disc and certainly not to be missed' (International Piano)

'More unbelievable pianism from Hamelin' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Dexterity here to make ears flap; but then, we are used to this from Hamelin' (Gramophone)

'It would be superfluous to recommend this - each new album by Marc-André Hamelin is a self-commending event' (Fanfare, USA)

'No need to worry about technical issues when Marc-André Hamelin attacks these Liszt transfigurations with all the brilliance in the world' (Pianist)

'Il faut louer Marc-André Hamelin pour la finesse de ces exécutions très virtuoses, et surtout le remercier de permettre cette plongée au cur de ce jeu de références et emprunts musicaux qui avait cours parmi les plus grands compositeurs romantiques' (Répertoire, France)

'this is a thrilling recital, with some dazzling piano playing' (Hi-Fi Plus)



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>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/23/2002-02/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Schuberts Märsche (3), transcription for piano (after Schubert, D. 819 & 968b), S. 426 (LW A123)
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (02/23/2002-02/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1846