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New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Post by Lance » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:12 pm

Marc-André Hamelin (pianist)
It's all about the music
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Marc-André Hamelin has a fantastic following of admirers of his pianistic art. Many have been enjoying a huge number of CDs released mostly on the Hyperion label and most have received accolades from critics across the world.

Hyperion has issued a DVD running about 121 minutes featuring the artist in three difference sections, as the back cover indicates: [Part I] "It's all about the music: a the art of Marc-André Hamelin" [47:48]. A documentary film, featuring Marc-André Hamelin, which looks at the music-making of virtuso composers pianists from both the present and the 'golden age.' Including interviews with Ronald Stevenson, Robert Rimm and Andrew Keener, plus Marc-André Hamelin performing music by Albéniz, Alkan, Busoni, Dukas, Godowsky, Kapustin, Liszt, Medtner, Rzewski and Schubert. [Part II] "Recital: Hamelin in Charlevoix, Quebec [47:50]. Including interview with Marc-André Roberge (Professor of Music, Laval University). Godowsky/Chopin: Seven Studies on Chopin's Etudes. Godowsky: The Gardens of Buitenzorg from Java Suite. Wagner/Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod. Verdi/Liszt Ernani-Paraphrase de Concert. Sciarrino: Anamorfosi. Anthiel: Piano Sonata No. 4 'Jazz Sonata.' Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau from Images II. [Part III] Extra features [25:45]. Interview with Jay Reise (composer). Interview with Harvey Wedeen (Professor of Piano, Temple University). Robert Rimm (author of The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight. Concert performance of Busoni's Piano Concerto, Op. 39 (fourth movement 'All'Italiana, Marc-André Hamelin, piano, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor).

The DVD was filmed in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and in 2005. The DVD case features photos of Hamelin at the piano and in two that show the pianist smiling - something rather rare!
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Post by Steinway » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:44 pm

Lance..

Thanks for heads up on Hamelin's new CD. Can't wait to grab it.

He may be, pound for pound, the finest pianist in the world today.

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Post by Barry » Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:51 pm

I've lived within about a mile of the guy for a long time; and within a few blocks at one point, but I'm embarrassed to say I've still never seen or heard him play with the exception of a couple clips on Youtube.

We also went to the same college: Temple University, which has a pretty good music program (I wasn't in it though).
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Post by Lance » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:25 pm

Barry Z wrote:I've lived within about a mile of the guy for a long time; and within a few blocks at one point, but I'm embarrassed to say I've still never seen or heard him play with the exception of a couple clips on Youtube.

We also went to the same college: Temple University, which has a pretty good music program (I wasn't in it though).
From what I understand, he still makes Philadephia his home where he lives with his wife, the singer Karin Applebaum, with whom he has made some recordings. He certainly is one of the busiest pianists today, visiting his home in Canada, and traveling to England frequently to make recordings, not to mention recitals everywhere. Too bad you never got to know him.
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Post by Barry » Mon Jan 29, 2007 1:27 pm

Lance wrote: From what I understand, he still makes Philadephia his home where he lives with his wife, the singer Karin Applebaum, with whom he has made some recordings. He certainly is one of the busiest pianists today, visiting his home in Canada, and traveling to England frequently to make recordings, not to mention recitals everywhere. Too bad you never got to know him.
I wish I knew why the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't have him as a soloist more often. Lang Lang also lives in Philly and he appears with them every season. Hamelin is a rarity.
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Re: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Post by Wanderer » Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:20 pm

Lance wrote:Marc-André Hamelin (pianist)
It's all about the music
Hyperion DVDA68000

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... plus Marc-André Hamelin performing music by Albéniz, Alkan, Busoni, Dukas, Godowsky, Kapustin, Liszt, Medtner, Rzewski and Schubert.


Which works are performed? Are they performed in their entirety or they serve as background for the documentary interviews?

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:49 pm

Barry Z wrote:I wish I knew why the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't have him as a soloist more often. Lang Lang also lives in Philly and he appears with them every season. Hamelin is a rarity.
More often? I thought he was strictly a solo repertoire guy. I can't think I've ever even heard of a cd of orchestral music with him as featured soloist.
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Post by Barry » Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:42 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
Barry Z wrote:I wish I knew why the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't have him as a soloist more often. Lang Lang also lives in Philly and he appears with them every season. Hamelin is a rarity.
More often? I thought he was strictly a solo repertoire guy. I can't think I've ever even heard of a cd of orchestral music with him as featured soloist.
He may not have made any concerto recordings, but I know he does some live guest appearances with orchestras; albeit not as many as his solo recitals.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:21 pm

I was there for this concerto and also for his performance of Liszt's "Totentanz" with the New York Philharmonic.

From The New York Times:

MUSIC: HAMELIN IS PIANIST IN ZWILICH CONCERTO


By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: February 1, 1987

LEAD: ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH, the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for composition (in 1983), is much in the news these days. Friday night at Carnegie Hall her Piano Concerto, jointly commissioned by Carnegie, the Detroit Symphony and the American Symphony, received its New York premiere.

ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH, the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for composition (in 1983), is much in the news these days. Friday night at Carnegie Hall her Piano Concerto, jointly commissioned by Carnegie, the Detroit Symphony and the American Symphony, received its New York premiere.

The performers were the Detroit orchestra under its music director, Gunther Herbig, and the pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, a Canadian who won the 1985 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. This was the first of two Carnegie concerts by the Detroit ensemble, which was to present yet another concerto premiere last night, this one Ezra Laderman's Flute Concerto.

Mrs. Zwilich owes part of her popularity to sexual politics, part to her appealing personality and a larger part still to her undeniable talent. But a fourth factor is the accessibility of her current idiom. After a properly rigorous training (her teachers included Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions), Mrs. Zwilich now composes in a style barely distinguishable from the American symphonists between the world wars.

In other words, her harmonic language is tonal, her forms familiarly neo-Classical, her rhetoric grandly procalamatory within an expressively contained context. This Piano Concerto, which received its first performance last year at Meadow Brook near Detroit and which lasted 23 minutes on Friday, consists of two relatively brief outer movements flanking a longer Andante misterioso. There is a good deal of exposed writing for the piano, but the most striking moments of this piece come in the slow movement, which aspires to real grandeur and, here and there, attains it. By comparison, the quicker movements sounded more perfunctory. Mr. Hamelin seemed to be giving the score his all, and Mr. Herbig and the orchestra accompanied conscientiously.

After the intermission, Mr. Herbig turned his attentions to Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. This is almost a warhorse in New York these days, one of Zubin Mehta's favorites as well as a frequent showpiece for visiting orchestras.

Mr. Herbig had a fleet view of this score, but one softened by lyrical grace. That meant some nice deftness in the Scherzo and some gathering excitement in the Finale. But his approach slighted the weighty grandeur obtained by other conductors and orchestras.

More problematic still was the actual playing of the Detroit Symphony, exposed by the difficulty and familiarity of the score and, perhaps, by the new clarity of Carnegie Hall's acoustics. The Detroit musicians played very well. But for sheer massiveness of ensemble tone and subtle distinction in the wind and brass solos, they have been often surpassed by other orchestras heard here - including the New York Philharmonic earlier this season.

This was an honorable, even admirable performance, worthy of the fervent applause it received. But when visiting orchestras play music as well known as this, they risk invidious comparisons, and that's what happened Friday night.
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Post by Werner » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:33 pm

As to Hamelin's appearance with the NY Philharmonic, I seem to remember that we played the Liszt TOTENTANZ last season. And that seems to have been his first appearance there.

Does that check with your memory, Ralph?
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Post by Ralph » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:04 pm

Werner wrote:As to Hamelin's appearance with the NY Philharmonic, I seem to remember that we played the Liszt TOTENTANZ last season. And that seems to have been his first appearance there.

Does that check with your memory, Ralph?
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Post by piston » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:48 pm

It's a national sin but I have not acquired many recordings by my compatriot, Hamelin. I am very happy with his two Shostakovich's piano concertos, along with Rodion Shchedrin's second (Hypérion, of course), and I will soon acquire more of his recordings, I'm sure. His repertoire is very extensive chronologically and that's always a plus.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich does compose accessible music reminiscent of the 1940's but she's not the only female US composer to have impressed me in more than one ways. Tower and Larsen are equally "accessible" and it is perhaps a sign of our time that women composers will prove more responsive to the expectations of the audience than many of their male counterparts. Who knows?
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Re: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Post by Ricordanza » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:48 am

Lance wrote:The DVD was filmed in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and in 2005. The DVD case features photos of Hamelin at the piano and in two that show the pianist smiling - something rather rare!
I already own about 8 Hamelin CDs, but this DVD is definitely on my shopping list. Now that Tower has closed, where would you suggest I purchase it?

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Post by Lance » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:06 am

Ricordanza wrote:
Lance wrote:The DVD was filmed in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and in 2005. The DVD case features photos of Hamelin at the piano and in two that show the pianist smiling - something rather rare!
I already own about 8 Hamelin CDs, but this DVD is definitely on my shopping list. Now that Tower has closed, where would you suggest I purchase it?
Tower's online site is still going strong. They just had a 25% off sale, ended January 22nd. Apparently the Tower online site is quite a different establishment than the store operations. Try www.Tower.com.
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Re: New DVD of pianist Marc-André Hamelin

Post by Ralph » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:37 am

Lance wrote:
Ricordanza wrote:
Lance wrote:The DVD was filmed in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scotland and in 2005. The DVD case features photos of Hamelin at the piano and in two that show the pianist smiling - something rather rare!
I already own about 8 Hamelin CDs, but this DVD is definitely on my shopping list. Now that Tower has closed, where would you suggest I purchase it?
Tower's online site is still going strong. They just had a 25% off sale, ended January 22nd. Apparently the Tower online site is quite a different establishment than the store operations. Try www.Tower.com.
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Post by Steinway » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:26 pm

Barry..

Hamelin just performed at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on January 12th. He was, as usual, awesome.

He has recorded the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with Litton/Dallas, recently issued.

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Post by Barry » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:58 pm

steinway wrote:Barry..

Hamelin just performed at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on January 12th. He was, as usual, awesome.

He has recorded the Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with Litton/Dallas, recently issued.
Thanks. That's right. Now that you mention it, I recall reading a review of the Brahms concerto disc.
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Post by Ricordanza » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:48 am

steinway wrote:Hamelin just performed at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society on January 12th. He was, as usual, awesome.
I agree; I posted this review before you joined the group:
http://www.classicalmusicguide.com/view ... hp?t=15296

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Post by Steinway » Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:55 pm

Ricordanza..

I was at that concert and attend the series. Next is Solzhenitsyn on Feb.7.

Your review was excellent and very well written. Hamelin is certainly one of the great pianists currently performing.

He has recorded the Villa-Lobos piece he played on his album of the composer's works on Hyperian.

Are you a regular at the Chamber Music series?

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Post by Ricordanza » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:31 am

steinway wrote:Ricordanza..

I was at that concert and attend the series. Next is Solzhenitsyn on Feb.7.

Your review was excellent and very well written. Hamelin is certainly one of the great pianists currently performing.

He has recorded the Villa-Lobos piece he played on his album of the composer's works on Hyperian.

Are you a regular at the Chamber Music series?
Yes, I'm a regular, but I won't be at the Solzhenitsyn recital. My next event is Emanuel Ax on March 20. See you there???

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Hamelin with Orchestra on CD

Post by Jppiano » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:20 am

I dont have time at the moment to look up all the labels, but as my memory serves, these are the concerti that Hamelin has recorded for commercial CD:

Brahms 2
Bernstein Age of Anxiety
Busoni
Korngold (for LH alone)
Scharwenka 1
Rubinstein 4
Mozart 17
Gonneville
Bolcom (Semi-Commercial)
Henselt
Alkan Concerti di Camera (Both)

And there are a couple of others that escape my memory at the moment. Of course, he has PLAYED about 5 times as many concerti as on this list.....

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Post by Steinway » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:12 pm

Ricordanza..

I expect to be there. We'll have to figure out how to identify ourselves. :D

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Re: Hamelin with Orchestra on CD

Post by piston » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:41 pm

Jppiano wrote:I dont have time at the moment to look up all the labels, but as my memory serves, these are the concerti that Hamelin has recorded for commercial CD:

Brahms 2
Bernstein Age of Anxiety
Busoni
Korngold (for LH alone)
Scharwenka 1
Rubinstein 4
Mozart 17
Gonneville
Bolcom (Semi-Commercial)
Henselt
Alkan Concerti di Camera (Both)

And there are a couple of others that escape my memory at the moment. Of course, he has PLAYED about 5 times as many concerti as on this list.....

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Post by daycart » Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:29 pm

The DVD is good news, though I'd prefer more music and less yakking.

I enjoyed his chamber recital on the OVATION cable TV channel--Dvorak and Faure-mmmmm!. Did anyone else catch it?

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