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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67275
Recording details: February 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 2001
Total duration: 5 minutes 0 seconds

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Étude No 3 in B minor 'after Paganini-Liszt'
composer
1993; after the Paganini-Liszt Étude in G sharp minor 'La campanella', S141 No 3; published by C. F. Peters Corp., New York

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
No 3 after Paganini-Liszt owes its existence to the moment when I realized that the main theme of Paganini’s La Campanella could be treated canonically. Everything took off from there, and though the ghost of Liszt is more or less constantly hovering, there is a good deal of pianistic and harmonic updating here. There are many things in this arrangement that even Liszt, with his penchant for innovation, would never have allowed himself. Out of these twelve études, this is the one which was the most significantly revised. I believe the piece is now rather more approachable pianistically, even though the difficulties are still considerable.

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010


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'Hamelin: Études' (CDA67789)
Hamelin: Études

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