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Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music

The art of Marc-André Hamelin
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
DVD
Recording details: January 2005
Various, United Kingdom
Produced by Robert Chesterman
Engineered by Robert Chesterman
Release date: November 2006
Total duration: 107 minutes 0 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph by Nina Large.
 
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Piano Sonata No 4 'Jazz Sonata'  [1'19]  George Antheil (1900-1959)
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PART I It’s all about the music: the art of Marc-André Hamelin [47'48]
A documentary film, featuring Marc-André Hamelin, which looks at the music-making of virtuoso composer–pianists from both the present and ‘golden age’. Including interviews with Ronald Stevenson, Robert Rimm and Andrew Keener, plus Marc-André Hamelin performing music by Albéniz, Alkan, Busoni, Dukas, Godowsky, Hamelin, Kapustin, Liszt, Medtner, Rzewski and Schubert. PART II Recital: Hamelin in Charlevoix, Quebec [47'50]
Including interview with Marc-André Roberge (Professor of Musicology, Laval University) PART III Extra features [25'45]
Interviews with Jay Reise (composer), Harvey Wedeen (Professor of Piano, Temple University) and Robert Rimm (author of The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight) Concert performance of Busoni’s Piano Concerto Op 39, fourth movement, ‘All’ Italiana' Running time: 121 mins approx.
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese
Format: All regions
NTSC
DVD 5: Single Layer
Dolby® Digital 2.0
16:9 Anamorphic

Reviews

'There's no doubt about Hamelin's superb artistry, or the extraordinary inventiveness of his programming… Hamelin is the most poetic of virtuoso players and his musical refinement is a constant feature of a recital which includes some extremely difficult music…. Picture and sound quality are very good' (International Record Review)

'An example of human potential at its highest' (Musical Pointers)

'The piano/recorded sound is ravishing, the performances inspired. For those who only know the French-Canadian virtuoso from his recordings, I urge you to witness with what extreme economy and concentration such supreme artistry is achieved… This is Hyperion's first venture into the DVD market. Let's hope there will be many more' (Gramophone)

'Part II, featuring the soloist in performance is nothing short of mesmerizing. My library houses many CDs by this amazing pianist but witnessing the extreme concentration and economy of effort with which he achieves his formidable artistry is absolutely astonishing. Watch out for the final extra track of a live performance of the 'Tarantella' from Busoni's huge piano concerto … A most commendable first venture which should open the way for many more' (Classical.net)

'The focus of the documentary and extras here is not just the high degree of skill with which pianist Hamelin performs and records a dizzying variety of often-overlooked music, but on the history and backgrounds of the great virtuoso composer-pianists of the Golden Age of keyboard music. Hamelin talks about some of them before playing excerpts from their music, and three other experts on the subject hold forth between selections. The music excerpts played by Hamelin include Alkan, Busoni, Dukas, Godowsky, Liszt, Medtner, Rzewski and Schubert. The angles and closeups are extremely revealing; one shot from directly above the keyboard struck me as highly original and a fascinating viewpoint' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

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