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Track(s) taken from CDA67320

Suicide in an airplane


Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: August 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: August 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 46 seconds

Cover artwork: Untitled painting (2001) by Monika Giller-Lenz


'Stimulating and frequently astonishing music, ultimately unlike anyone else's' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A tremendous tribute to a fascinating figure in 20th-century music' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Marc-André Hamelin plays magisterially, as ever. He clearly loves this music' (International Record Review)

'This is an essential release…realized with the dazzling virtuosity and preternatural clarity that we have come to expect from the enterprising Canadian … this exhausting, diverse, and technically astonishing recording is not one that I would gladly be without' (Fanfare, USA)

'Marc-André Hamelin plays Ornstein’s music with commanding savoir-faire' (The Irish Times)

'A provocative collection, brilliantly played and splendidly engineered' (International Piano)

'Marc-André Hamelin is spellbinding in his performance … This CD is an outstanding example of astonishing music' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'It almost goes without saying that Marc-André Hamelin plays the socks off this music, tackling the most knuckle-busting runs and cluster harmonies in Danse Sauvage and its fellow pieces with staggering virtuosity.' (Classics Today)

'Marc-André Hamelin, aussi à l’aise dans les déferlements rythmiques que dans les moments suspendus du temps, nous offer là un disque superbe' (Répertoire, France)
Suicide in an Airplane, written at a time when aeroplanes were made of little more than canvas and wood, is said to have been inspired by a newspaper article in which an aviator took his own life by crashing his plane into the ground. It doesn’t take too much imagination to hear the plane approach, circle over the listener and fly out again into the distance—although, of course, after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 the title and unremitting blackness of the music may carry more specific connotations for the modern listener.

from notes by Martin Anderson © 2002

Suicide in an Airplane (Suicide en aéroplane), écrit à une époque où les avions n’étaient faits que d’un peu de toile et de bois, a apparemment été inspiré par un article de journal relatant comment un aviateur s’était donné la mort en écrasant son avion au sol. L’auditeur n’a pas grand mal à reconnaître l’avion qui s’approche, tourne au-dessus de sa tête puis s’éloigne à nouveau dans le lointain—même si le titre et la noirceur implacable de la musique peuvent avoir des connotations plus précises pour l’auditeur contemporain, après les attaques terroristes du 11 septembre 2001.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Anderson © 2002
Français: Josée Bégaud

Über Suicide in an Airplane, das zu einer Zeit geschrieben wurde, als Flugzeuge aus nicht viel mehr als Segeltuch und Holz bestanden, sagt man, es wäre als Reaktion auf einen Zeitungsartikel entstanden, in dem berichtet wurde, dass ein Flieger durch Bruchlandung sein Leben beendet hatte. Man braucht nicht viel Fantasie, um sich das Herankommen des Flugzeugs vorzustellen, wie es über dem Hörer kreist und wieder in die Ferne davon fliegt, obwohl der Titel und die gnadenlose Schwärze der Musik nach dem Flugzeugattentat vom 11. September 2001 vielleicht andere Konnotationen für den modernen Hörer vermitteln.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Anderson © 2002
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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