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Szymanovski: The Complete Mazurkas / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50
>Szymanowski, Karol : Romantic Waltz, for piano, M59a
>Szymanowski, Karol : Polish Dances (4), for piano, M60
>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 62
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Notes & Reviews:

"Such elusive music requires a pianist of rare sensitivity and dexterity and in Marc-Andre Hamelin Szymanowski has been granted a true champion. A marvel of stylistic inwardness and pianistic refinement, his performances capture the Mazurkas' alternating whimsy and rigour to perfection." - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

'Hamelin is an astonishing virtuoso, yet this music demonstrates that the French-Canadian pianist is much more than a purveyor of keyboard fireworks. His immediate advocacy of the mazurkas, theValse Romantique and Four Polish Dances should win more friends for this unjustly neglected byway of 20th-century piano repertoire' (The Sunday Times)

'Marc-André Hamelin is a near-ideal advocate of this repertoire; alive to every nuance in these scores' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Such elusive music requires a pianist of rare sensitivity and dexterity and in Marc-André Hamelin Szymanowski has been granted a true champion. A marvel of stylistic inwardness and pianistic refinement, his performances capture the Mazurkas' alternating whimsy and rigour to perfection' (Gramophone)

'Their highly original, sensual harmonies and sophisticated writing demand a refined pianist of imagination to make a persuasive case. Hamelin gets inside each miniature to do just that, and in beautifully recorded sound' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamlin does, I think, set a new benchmark... A very notable disc. If you don't already know this great music, I strongly urge you to buy it' (International Record Review)

'Marc-André Hamelin defines the character of each piece vividly, readily tuning into their dark soulfulness' (The Evening Standard)

'perfect territory for Marc-André Hamelin's stylish and evocative playing' (The Independent)

'Marc-André Hamelin plays them with fantasy and rhythmic snap' (The Irish Times)

'on ne pouvait s'attendre à plus agréable surprise que ce programme présentant les dernières vres pour piano du compositeur polonaise Karol Szymanowski' (Répertoire, France)



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Works Details

>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (20) for Piano, Op. 50
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/28/2002-08/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Szymanowski, Karol : Romantic Waltz, for piano, M59a
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/28/2002-08/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1925

>Szymanowski, Karol : Polish Dances (4), for piano, M60
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/28/2002-08/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Szymanowski, Karol : Mazurkas (2) for Piano, Op. 62
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/28/2002-08/29/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933-1934