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Track(s) taken from CDA67789

Little Nocturne

composer
2007

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: May 2009
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds

Cover artwork: Still of Marc-André Hamelin from the film Des pas sur la neige.
CLC Productions, 2009
 
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Little Nocturne  [2'15]

Reviews

'Dear Marc-André, I begged and pleaded for Hyperion to keep this disc under wraps. But now that it's released, all of us composer / pianists have no choice but to go out of business. Isn't it enough for you simply to be the world's most proficient pianist? Do you also have to compose amazingly well for your instrument, and rewardingly so? Must you serve up some of the most witty, charming, entertaining and devastatingly effective piano music of your generation?' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin's original etudes … as well as the character pieces that round out the disc, with their blend of tasteful lyricism and striking textures and harmonies, are as enjoyable as his homages. While brashly flaunting his influences (Gershwin, Poulenc, Rachmaninov) he sounds utterly individual. Of course, the composer makes all the technical difficulties sound easy to play in these vividly recorded performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A set of 12 Études that reveals Hamelin's immersion in the great virtuoso tradition … Hamelin the composer has the same kind of tact and imagination that Hamelin the pianist does … the virtuoso demands are daunting; but there's so much harmonic and contrapuntal interest in these works, so much sheer joie de vivre, such evident love for the instrument and its history, and such consistent wit, that even music lovers who disdain virtuoso excess are likely to be seduced … in its gentle luminosity, the [Theme and Variations] is the most touching work on the CD. Hamelin the pianist, of course, plays with his usual understated virtuosity—his unerring control of phrasing, articulation and dynamics; his ability to generate huge masses of sound without banging; his succulent legato; and, most important in the more thorny textures, his ability to give each contrapuntal line its own flavour … the engineering is first rate. A cause for celebration' (International Record Review)

'One of this extraordinary musician's finest achievements, indeed, one of the great solo piano recordings ever made' (Fanfare, USA)

'These are astounding pieces … with a hint of frenetic, sometimes out-and-out grotesque, madness. They bar no holds where technical extremes are concerned … these are the other individual works on this superlative disc cover anythign from grandiose Romanticism to 20th-century stride' (The Scotsman)
The Little Nocturne is a very short piece written following a request from Clavier magazine; the editor wanted to include a small something of mine as a complement to a lengthy feature interview. I’ve played this often as an encore, and the reactions pertaining to its possible influences have been many and widely varied.

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010

Le Petit Nocturne est une très courte pièce écrite à la demande de la revue Clavier; le rédacteur en chef voulait inclure un petit quelque chose de moi pour compléter une longue interview de fond. Je l’ai souvent joué en bis et les diverses réactions relatives à ses influences supposées ont été nombreuses et variées.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Hamelin © 2010
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Das Little Nocturne ist ein sehr kurzes Stück, das ich auf die Bitte der Zeitschrift Clavier geschrieben habe. Der Redakteur wollte irgendeine kleine Zutat von mir zu einem umfänglichen Interview. Ich habe das Stück oft als Zugabe gespielt, und die diversen Reaktionen bezüglich der möglichen Einflüsse waren zahlreich und gingen in die verschiedensten Richtungen.

aus dem Begleittext von Marc-André Hamelin © 2010
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

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