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A Female Nude by a Lake (1907) by Karel Vitezslav Mašek (1865-1927)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDH55425
Recording details: November 1998
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner & Mike Dutton
Release date: November 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds

'Superlative. Immaculately and sensitively performed. Sound and presentation are superb. It would be hard to imagine one of music's most neglected byways illuminated with more pianistic ease and affection' (Gramophone)

'This is charming, formidably accomplished stuff. Hamelin gives impeccably stylish and sympathetic readings, as if he's been playing them since the cradle. Probably he has' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A fine conspectus of a captivating composer. Russian champagne of glowing vintage' (Classic CD)

'Un disque rempli de joie, de poésie et de lumière' (Le Devoir)

Vision 'Étude', Op 8
composer
Allegro fantastico

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In this breathtakingly brilliant piece, which demands great virtuosity, we can clearly hear Catoire taking his place among the leading composers of his day for the piano—combining elements of Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Debussy. The reference to these other masters should not imply infuences from them, rather to place this gossamer-like short piece within its artistic milieu. Marked ‘Allegro fantastico’, the dynamic rarely rises to forte and only once to fortissimo.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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