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Kapustin: Piano Music / Marc-André Hamelin

Album Summary

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Variations for piano, Op. 41
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Jazz Concert Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 40
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Bagatelles (10) for piano, Op. 59
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Suite in the Old Style, for piano, Op. 28
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonatina for piano, Op. 100
>Kapustin, Nikolai : Etudes (5) in Different Intervals, for piano, Op. 68
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Notes & Reviews:

"[This] music is full of virtuosity which Marc-Andre Hamelin handles effortlessly. He also turns in some tight jazz timing - sometimes it's to learn that he isn't improvising, but then you realise that it's all perhaps just too perfect." ***** - Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine

'Everything on this remarkable disc is played with a nonchalant aplomb and magical dexterity hard to imagine from any other pianist. Hamelin... is in his element, and he has been immaculately recorded' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin is one of Kapustin's strongest advocates and proves his perfect interpreter: super cool, he sounds utterly laid-back even in the most fearsome rhythmic traps; his phrasing is exquisitely turned and 'finished'; and his affection for the music shines out in every note. Hear this and you'll be hooked' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Beautifully recorded, the disc is a delightful - and, as ever, distinguished - addition to Hamelin's discography as well as a major boost to the reputation of one of today's most paradoxical composers. One for the Christmas stocking, I think' (International Record Review)

'Hamelin is one of the most gifted pianists around at the moment, and his playing here has such light and shade, wit, nuance, and blinding virtuosity that it is hard to imagine finer performances of this terrific repertoire. The recording is characteristic of Hyperion's piano sound at its considerable best. All in all, one of the most enjoyable piano discs I have heard in ages. Recommended with unquenchable enthusiasm!' (International Piano)

'Hamelin captures a quality of spontaneity, not to mention sheer agility and elegance, with awesome fluency. A remarkable release in every respect' (Fanfare, USA)

'Chapeau évidemment à cet incroyable Marc-André Hamelin dont la technique époustouflante s'adapte à tous les genres musicaux. Précipitez-vous pour acquérir cet événement discographique et découvrir cette musique sans pareil. Pour notre part, nous l'avons écoutée une bonne dizaine de fois pour bien nous convaincre de la réjouissance folie du dénommé Kapustin!' (Répertoire, France)

'the music is full of virtuosity which Marc-André handles effortlessly' (BBC Music Magazine)

'exceptionally well-played and recorded' (The Times)

'Marc-André Hamelin simply flies through the music, ignoring any technical difficulties with the most marvellous command and virtuosity... In all, this second disc of Kapustin's marvellous music from Hyperion is the most exceptionally satisfying discovery' (Hi-Fi+)

'Hamelin plays with all his trademark virtuosity and nimble wit, making the keyboard thunder and sing' (San Francisco Chronicle)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
'Crossover' is an old rather than recent tradition, whether the jazz elements are peripheral as in Ravel or central as in Kapustin. Jed Distler, writing for Hamelin's disc in a style as witty and engaging as the music itself, speaks of a Chick Corea-based language that lifts a romantic virtuoso tradition into a beguiling quasi-improvisational style and holds it up to a fun-house mirror. Such high-pitched claims arguably fail to account for too many family likenesses (be they variations, studies or sonatas) or a style that too often suggests composition as a facile rather than arduous process (like Saint-Saëns, Kapustin 'produces music as an apple-tree produces apples'). Nonetheless, there are many scintillating surprises. The Variations' gawky theme blossoms into the sort of elaboration that would have made Bill Evans envious, while the second of the Op 40 Etudes ends with a passing memory of Liszt's Au bord d'une source, reminding you of Kapustin's work as a virtuoso pianist with Alexander Goldenweiser. No 6, Pastoral, a dream encore, sends a tiny cell-like motif spinning through a variety of guises. The Bagatelle's perky tune would not be out of place 'in a Brazilian Chorino' (Distler) and everything on this remarkable disc is played with a nonchalant aplomb and magical dexterity hard to imagine from any other pianist. Hamelin is in his element, and he's been immaculately recorded.



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>Kapustin, Nikolai : Variations for piano, Op. 41
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Jazz Concert Etudes (8) for piano, Op. 40
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Bagatelles (10) for piano, Op. 59 :: no 9
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Suite in the Old Style, for piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 62
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Sonatina for piano, Op. 100
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Kapustin, Nikolai : Études (5) in Different Intervals, for piano, Op. 68
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (06/23/2003-06/26/2003)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992