Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Click cover art to view larger version
Track(s) taken from CDA67320

Danse sauvage, Op 13 No 2


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: 2 minutes 48 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)
Danse sauvage—which bristles with extremist indications such as Presto con fuoco, il più marcato possibile, Furioso, Prestissimo; and fffs abound—takes the basic premise of a waltz and subjects it to relentless ironic exaggeration: it is both comic and disturbing at the same time, with the kind of insight that suggests a kind of madness. Ornstein described the piece as a ‘picture of primordial beings in all the savage abandonment of the wildest of corybantic revels’.

from notes by Martin Anderson © 2002

Danse sauvage—qui regorge d’indications extrêmes comme Presto con fuoco, il più marcato possibile, Furioso, Prestissimo, et où les fff abondent—prend pour point de départ une simple valse et la soumet à un impitoyable processus d’exagération ironique: le résultat est à la fois comique et troublant, avec une clairvoyance suggérant une forme de folie. Selon Ornstein, cette pièce «dépeint des êtres primitifs dans tout l’abandon sauvage des festivités corybantiques les plus effrénées».

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

Danse sauvage—überschäumend mit extremen Angaben wie Presto con fuoco, il più marcato possibile, Furioso, Prestissimo und berstend vor Forderungen nach drei­fachem Forte—nutzt er einen Walzer als Ausgangsmaterial und setzt ihn unnachgiebigen ironischen Übertreibungen aus. Das Stück ist mit einer Art an Wahnsinn mahnenden Einsicht ebenso lustig wie es beunruhigend ist. Ornstein beschreibt das Stück als eine „Darstellung von urzeitlichen Lebewesen in vollständiger Hingabe bei den wildesten ihrer rasenden Rituale“.

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

Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...