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Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (c1875) by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Track(s) taken from CDA67050
Recording details: January 1998
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Rhodes
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 2 minutes 1 seconds

'Everything is of the most absorbing interest; everything is impeccably performed. Irresistible for pianists, this disc should be in every musician's collection' (Gramophone)

'Staggering feats of bravura with an effortless insouciance that defies belief. A collector's item, without doubt' (The Sunday Times)

'Dazzling. Best of the Month' (Classic FM Magazine)

`An adventurous, original programme by one of today's most remarkable keyboard talents—a piano connoisseur's dream CD' (Classic CD)

'Rampant supernova pianism … a Pandora's Box of riches no connoisseur will want to miss' (International Piano)

Étude No 10 in F sharp minor 'after Chopin'
1990; originally subtitled 'pour les idées noires'; after Chopin's Op 10 No 5; published by C. F. Peters Corp., New York

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The musicologist Marc-André Roberge, who has followed the evolution of this collection with great interest, recently reminded me of the genesis of Étude No 10, after Chopin, something I must admit I had completely forgotten about. In 1990 he had shown me an arrangement of Chopin’s so-called ‘Black Key’ étude by the Busoni disciple Gottfried Galston. It is included in a volume of exercises entitled Studienbuch and is an eye-popping horror, full of barely playable double notes. It was surely meant only for the practice room, but apparently, according to Marc-André, it set me thinking about doing something with the Black Key étude myself.

The result has always been one of my favourites in the set, although it hasn’t yet received as much attention from pianists as some of the others. Years ago I was fond of describing the piece as the original Chopin étude heard through about twenty feet of water. This is the crudest way to explain what goes on here, but there is a grain of truth: everything is distorted—melody, mode, harmony, timbre, texture, even the pianist’s physical feeling compared with playing the original.

from notes by Marc-André Hamelin © 2010

Other albums featuring this work
'Hamelin: Études' (CDA67789)
Hamelin: Études
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