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Marc-André Hamelin - Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Schulz-Evler (1994)

27-04-2016, 20:20
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Schulz-Evler
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Port Royal Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 01:08:34
Total Size: 244 Mb


Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, Op. 36
01. Allegro agitato (7:39)
02. Non allegro (6:44)
03. Allegro molto (4:26)

04. Rudepoêma (17:42)

Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, Op. 35
05. Grave – Doppio movimento (5:16)
06. Scherzo (5:56)
07. Marche funèbre, Lento (8:02)
08. Finale, Presto (1:32)

09. Arabesques on themes by Johann Strauss (The Beautiful Blue Danube) (11:17)

Marc-André Hamelin's selections for this CD comprise a well-balanced recital program, yet the most substantial works are the two piano sonatas by Rachmaninov and Chopin; one may leave aside the ferociously virtuosic Rudepoêma by Villa-Lobos and Schulz-Evler's flashy Arabesques on Themes by Johann Strauss as entertaining but less important works. Initially, the listener may be drawn to compare the sonatas because of their shared key and numeration, but these are only the most obvious links, for the connections between the works are significant and deep. Rachmaninov's long study of Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor inspired the dark coloration, death-obsession, and agitation of his own work; and, by his admission, it led him later to revise his own Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, to bring it the clarity and economy he found in Chopin's model. In the revised version heard here, there are several points where echoes of Chopin's gestures, textures, and contrasts may be detected, and further investigations of Rachmaninov's Op. 36 may prove fruitful. Hamelin's performances are dynamic and exciting, everything one might expect of this brilliant technician. Yet his playing in Rachmaninov's second movement and Chopin's Marche funèbre is deeply felt and poignant. The recording is fine, though a little uneven in the mixing.

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Pelteus   User offline   27 April 2016 21:35

thanks, Hamelin ones of my favourites ¡¡

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AmosDE   User offline   28 April 2016 10:58

______ 3 ____danke

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