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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66717
Recording details: December 1993
Govan Town Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: April 1994
Total duration: 7 minutes 30 seconds

'The phenomenal playing and superb musicianship of Marc-André Hamelin whose account of the staggeringly difficult Henselt Concerto is quite breathtaking. A thoroughly enjoyable disc well worth exploring' (Gramophone)

'Recommended without reservation' (American Record Guide)

'You could hardly ask for a more brilliant display of fireworks' (Classic CD)

'An admirable disc for all lovers of bravura virtuoso piano writing' (CDReview)

'Hamelin's performance can only be described as sensational' (Piano, Germany)

Concerto da camera in C sharp minor, Op 10 No 2

Allegro moderato  [2'47]
Adagio  [3'03]
Tempo I  [1'40]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Scored for piano and strings, the Concerto da camera in C sharp minor, Op 10 No 2, was composed in 1833 (when Alkan was only twenty) during a visit to England. It remained a lifelong favourite. It is dedicated to the minor composer and pianist Henry Field, Bath-born and -bred (1797–1848), who gave the first performance there on 11 April 1834 (the Bath and Cheltenham Gazette reviewed it as ‘especially delightful for the novelty of its style and technique’). Field must have been no mean player to cope with some of the novel and challenging keyboard acrobatics, especially the final section of its simple A–B–A structure which incorporates lightning-fast arpeggios and jumps that put it way beyond the gentleman amateur. This is not Alkan at full stretch (as in the Twelve Études) but, despite the obvious limitations and influences in the work, clearly he already knows that he has a voice of his own.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

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