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Ives: Concordia Sonata; Barber: Piano Sonata / Hamelin

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60"
>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26
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Notes & Reviews:

Hamelins performance of the Concord Sonata is in the truest sense transcendental, his facility allowing him a cool poetry and lyricism inaccessible to other, more strenuously employed pianists. Gramophone

'Hamelin's account is more a mystical blending of textures than a studied delineation of them, with a ravishing soft tone and an almost childlike relish of simpler music' (The Independent)

'Hamelin's virtuosity has to be heard to be believed. There are places in both scores that almost defy what two hands are capable of. Yet Hamelin plays them as though he were unaware of their wrist-crippling certifiability' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin, a pianist of phenomenal virtuosity and insight, never misses a trick. Pierre-Laurant Aimard's Warner account was perceptive enough, but Hamelin characterises the four movements with even greater imagination and encompasses the 42-minute span and unconventional trajectory with complete control' (Daily Telegraph)

'Reviewing the Mayer, I described Aimard's recording as 'of unmatchable vividness and panache'; but I must now transfer both the description and the recommendation to Hamelin' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hamelin's performance of the Concord Sonata is in the truest sense transcendental, his facility allowing him a cool poetry and lyricism inaccessible to other, more strenuously employed pianists ... Hyperion's sound is immaculate and Hamelin's disc is a valuable addition to his unique, tirelessly evolving discography' (Gramophone)



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>Ives, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60" :: Concord, Mass., 1840-60, for piano (& optional viola, flute), S. 88 (K. 3A2)
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Jaime Martin (Flute)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/05/2004-04/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911-1915

>Barber, Samuel : Sonata for Piano in E flat minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/05/2004-04/06/2004)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949