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4.3 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

The best pianist sense Liszt.


Plays the piffle that is Haydn. I'm not sure why such a collosus of the piano bothers to waste his time with Haydn, but it is what it is.The support from some backwater orchestra manages to keep pace. For those who like this sort of cute early classical drivel that is Haydn could at least do themselves a favor and get this release.Now if only Hamelin would get serious and start playing some real music again.... -Bz

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I respectfully disagree with Boolez! The "backwater orchestra" is Les Violons du Roy from Montreal. It is far from backwater and is well-regarded and, in fact, did a stellar job. The Gramaphone Review cited Les Violons and Hamelin as both doing a superb job in their most recent issue and gave the CD its Recording of the Month nod. Wake up, Boolez.


Mauricio Guim

Boolez comments only demonstrates his absolute ignorance of Haydn's musical importance. Without Haydn we would not have had Beethoven. I am sure he doesn't know anything about Haydn. Probably he has not even listen to Haydn's String Quartets or Symphonies. I.E., don't pay attention to what he says. This record is great. It conveys a fresh and modern approach to these great concertos. Anyone interested in a new and energetic take of these works should buy it! I highly recommend it.

About Marc-André Hamelin

Like the legendary pianists of the 19th and early 20th century, such as Sigismund Thalberg, Franz Liszt, Leopold Godowsky, and Ignace Jan Paderewski, it often sounds as if Marc-André Hamelin has more than 10 fingers. His ability to play fiendishly difficult music, make it sound as if it's a stroll in the park, yet imbue it with musical sensitivity makes him worthy of the description "super-virtuoso" by The New York Times' Harold Schoenberg.

Hamelin studied at the Vincent d'Indy School of Music in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert, a pupil of Cortot, then received bachelor's and master's degrees at Temple University, working under Russell Sherman and Harvey Weeden. In 1985, he launched his career with a first prize victory in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Since then, he has appeared in recital at a multitude of international venues, often with a thematically linked program of works. His solo turns with orchestras are no less far-reaching, covering major venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Hamelin also finds time for a few chamber music performances and recordings, with such colleagues as Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Angela Cheng, Midori, Angèle Dubeau, Alain Marion, Jon Vickers, the Leopold String Trio, and the Takács Quartet.

His early recordings for CBC, Altarus, New World and Music & Arts labels featured music by Bolcom, Wolpe, Ives, Sorabji, and Godowsky. Hamelin then signed an exclusive contract as a Hyperion artist, and the frequencey of releases and breadth of his repertoire helped propel his star higher. Covering concertos and solo works of composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Medtner, Reger, Rzewski, Scriabin, Villa-Lobos, Weissenberg, and Grainger -- just to name a few -- his recordings have been nominated and won several prestigious awards. Compared to those composers, the sonatas of Haydn would seem too tame for Hamelin, but his 2007 volume of these was the year's best-seller for Hyperion. The 2010 release, Études, of his own compositions (bringing Hamelin even closer to the examples of Liszt and Godowsky), yielded the pianist his ninth Grammy nomination and a first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association.

Based in Boston, Hamelin received a lifetime achievement prize in 2003 from the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 5, 1961



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