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Schumann: Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Papillons / Hamelin

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of story-telling... The excellent sound quality has all the warmth and detail that Hyperion habitually bring to Hamelin's CD." -BBC Music Magazine

'Not since Sviatoslav Richter's classic 1962 live account of Papillons have these fluttering miniatures been so stunningly brought to life as by that genius of the piano, Marc-André Hamelin... Add an entrancing Op.12 Fantasiestücke to surpass even Argerich's, a stunning production from Andrew Keener and exemplary notes from Misha Donat, and you have a Schumann disc made in heaven' (Classic FM Magazine)

'All three of these sets of pieces by Schumann - Papillons,Fantasiestücke and Carnaval - explore the world of the composer's imagination. And it is that sense of fantasy that comes across so beautifully in Marc-André Hamelin's performances' (Evening Standard)

'Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of story-telling... The excellent sound-quality has all the warmth and detail that Hyperion habitually bring to Hamelin's CDs' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin's refreshingly robust yet subtle, crystalline playing does justice to both sides of the composer's strange personality, the passionate Florestan and the dreamer Eusebius' (The Sunday Times)

'This is Hamelin's second Schumann recital for Hyperion. Once again, for the most part, there is a reassuring sense of a pianist expanding his poetic horizons as well as his legendary mastery' (Gramophone)

'All these works are played with a youthful vigour, and in Papillons Hamelin captures the spirit of the 20-year-old composer with lightness and clarity, subtle rubato and a dash of humour' (International Piano)

'It's not news, but it's worth repeating: Hamelin's technique is unsurpassed; and no pianist of comparable virtuosity has applied his or her skills with more tact and sublety...above and beyond the unparalleled level of detail, there's Hamelin's musicality and his consistently alert imagination, which give each of the 40-odd character pieces on this CD a distinct and meaningful character, mapping out the music's emotional shifts with a sureness that's astonishing' (Fanfare, USA)

'Exceptionally lucid performances of three standards - performances that show off, in equal measure, the creativity of composer and the interpretive sensitivity of the pianist, undeniably among the handful of great perfomers of his generation' (Fanfare, USA)



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2002/08/30/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1831

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (08/29/2002/08/30/2002)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835