Marc-André Hamelin - Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Schulz-Evler

Marc-André Hamelin - Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Schulz-Evler
Artist: Marc-André Hamelin
Duration: 01:08:29
Album: Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos, Chopin, Schulz-Evler
Genre: Classical
Styles: Keyboard
Release Date: 2000

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.

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
Allegro agitatoMarc-André Hamelin7:38
Non allegroMarc-André Hamelin6:44
Allegro moltoMarc-André Hamelin4:26
Rudepoêma, for piano, A. 184Marc-André Hamelin17:41
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202
Grave - Doppio movimentoMarc-André Hamelin5:16
ScherzoMarc-André Hamelin5:55
Marche funêbre, LentoMarc-André Hamelin8:02
Finale, PrestoMarc-André Hamelin1:31
Arabesques on J. Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz" for pianoMarc-André Hamelin11:16

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