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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66996
Recording details: April 1998
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1999
Total duration: 12 minutes 16 seconds

'Others have courageously fought the cause of this complex and neglected repertoire but few, if any, have brought to it such compelling fusion of temperament, intellect, and prodigious pianistic fluency' (Gramophone)

'This is a marvellous disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I have never heard Reger played with greater imagination or persuasive eloquence. Hamelin seems to command an almost limitless range of keyboard colour. Those who have yet to be won over by Reger's keyboard music should start here' (Classic FM Magazine)

'I was enthralled' (Classic CD)

'An embarrassment of riches. This is absolutely first-rate playing. Quite simply this is a stunning recital' (The Scotsman)

'This is playing such as you seldom hear. First-rate Hyperion recording; boring superlatives, as usual, for this least boring of contemporary keyboard giants' (Hi-Fi News)

Five Humoresques, Op 20

Vivace assai  [2'12]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Reger himself made a piano roll recording of the fifth of his Humoresken, an elfin Vivace assai with a chorale-style Più tranquillo central section. The rest are as charming, diverting and quietly inventive as the best of Brahms’ lighter short pieces. The first is a perky Allegretto grazioso, again with a chorale-style ‘trio’ (Più meno mosso this time) and a tumbledown return to the first idea. The second opens to a bar’s worth of fortissimo Presto before proceeding in a mode ‘à la hongroise’. Liszt comes to mind, as do Dvorák, Brahms, and even Bartók. The third Humoreske is a winning Andantino grazioso in 2/4 with a more thoughtful Meno mosso central section and a delightful coda, while the fourth is a vivacious, waltz-like Prestissimo assai. All are delightful and further proof that Max Reger could complement even the heaviest musical meal with delectable sweetmeats.

from notes by Robert Cowan © 1999

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