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Track(s) taken from CDA67433

Suite in the Old Style, Op 28

composer
1977

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: June 2003
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2004
Total duration: 13 minutes 43 seconds
 
1
Allemande  [2'28]
2
3
Sarabande  [4'57]
4
5
Gigue  [1'24]

Reviews

'Everything on this remarkable disc is played with a nonchalant aplomb and magical dexterity hard to imagine from any other pianist. Hamelin … is in his element, and he has been immaculately recorded' (Gramophone)

'The music is full of virtuosity which Marc-André handles effortlessly' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Beautifully recorded, the disc is a delightful—and, as ever, distinguished—addition to Hamelin's discography as well as a major boost to the reputation of one of today's most paradoxical composers. One for the Christmas stocking, I think' (International Record Review)

'Exceptionally well-played and recorded' (The Times)

'Hamelin is one of Kapustin's strongest advocates and proves his perfect interpreter: super cool, he sounds utterly laid-back even in the most fearsome rhythmic traps; his phrasing is exquisitely turned and 'finished'; and his affection for the music shines out in every note. Hear this and you'll be hooked' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Hamelin captures a quality of spontaneity, not to mention sheer agility and elegance, with awesome fluency. A remarkable release in every respect' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hamelin is one of the most gifted pianists around at the moment, and his playing here has such light and shade, wit, nuance, and blinding virtuosity that it is hard to imagine finer performances of this terrific repertoire. The recording is characteristic of Hyperion's piano sound at its considerable best. All in all, one of the most enjoyable piano discs I have heard in ages. Recommended with unquenchable enthusiasm!' (International Piano)

'Marc-André Hamelin simply flies through the music, ignoring any technical difficulties with the most marvellous command and virtuosity … in all, this second disc of Kapustin's marvellous music from Hyperion is the most exceptionally satisfying discovery' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'Hamelin plays with all his trademark virtuosity and nimble wit, making the keyboard thunder and sing' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'Chapeau évidemment à cet incroyable Marc-André Hamelin dont la technique époustouflante s'adapte à tous les genres musicaux. Précipitez-vous pour acquérir cet événement discographique et découvrir cette musique sans pareil. Pour notre part, nous l'avons écoutée une bonne dizaine de fois pour bien nous convaincre de la réjouissante folie du dénommé Kapustin!' (Répertoire, France)
The Suite in the Old Style, Op 28 alludes to the rich mother lode of African-American spirituals and Gospel music through the structural contours of a Bach French Suite or Partita, with each movement corresponding in texture, tempo, and hierarchy of repeats to its precise baroque counterpart.

from notes by Jed Distler © 2004

La Suite dans un style ancien opus 28 évoque la richesse des spirituals et les gospels afro-américains à travers les contours formels d’une Suite française ou d’une Partita de Bach ; chaque mouvement correspond précisément par ses texture, tempo et hiérarchie, à sa contrepartie baroque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jed Distler © 2004
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die Suite in the Old Style, op. 28 zapft die reiche Hauptader afroamerikanischer Spirituals und Gospelmusik mit dem strukturellen Werkzeug einer französischen Suite oder Partita von Bach an, wobei jeder Satz bezüglich des Stimmsatzes, Tempos und der Wiederholungshierarchien seinem jeweiligem Vorbild in der barocken Suite entspricht.

aus dem Begleittext von Jed Distler © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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