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Track(s) taken from CDA67275

Étude d'après l'Impromptu en la bémol majeur de Fr Chopin, Op 29


Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: February 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 2001
Total duration: 4 minutes 32 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)


'Hamelin's performances are a wonder of brilliance and refinement. The recordings are superb, Jeremy Nicholas's notes a mine of informative titbits. In Marc-André Hamelin Hyperion clearly has a pianist to turn other record companies green with envy' (Gramophone)

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'Twenty encore pieces for lovers of superhuman virtuosity' (Classic FM Magazine)

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'In latter times a new breed of pianist has appeared, the super-virtuoso for whom no technical challenge is too much. Chief of this tribe of metamusicians is the Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, whose playing defies rational explanation … This is, in short, some of the most phenomenal playing you’ll ever hear' (Punch)

'Hamelin's refinement, jaw-dropping virtuosity and sense of sheer fun combine to make the whole lot both irresistible and simply unbelievable. With Hamelin around, who needs Horowitz?' (Piano, Germany)
A markedly more sophisticated treatment of Chopin than his brilliant and frankly shallow treatment of the D flat major (‘Minute’) Waltz, Michalowski’s Study after Chopin’s Impromptu No 1 in A flat major is Godowskyian in its delicate contrapuntal refinement. Triplets in fourths and sixths played vivace and leggiero require a discriminating technique, one which Michalowski himself clearly enjoyed if his few recordings are anything to go by. Polish-born Michalowski, who was acquainted with Chopin’s pupil Mikuli, studied with Moscheles, Reinecke and Tausig, subsequently exercising great influence on succeeding generations. Among his best-known pupils were Wanda Landowska and Mischa Levitzki. Michalowski dedicated the Etude to his fellow countryman, the great pianist Ignace Friedman.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

Beaucoup plus sophistiquée dans son traitement de Chopin que sa version brillante et franchement superficielle de la Valse («Minute») en ré bémol majeur, l’Étude de Michalowski d’après l’Impromptu no1 en la bémol majeur évoque Godowsky par son délicat raffinement contrapuntique. Les triolets de quartes et de sixtes joués vivace et leggiero exigent une technique très sûre, que possédait visiblement Michalowski lui-même à en juger par les quelques disques qu’il nous a laissés. D’origine polonaise, Michal/owski, qui connaissait l’élève de Chopin Mikuli, fut l’élève de Moscheles, de Reinecke et de Tausig et exerça par la suite une grande influence sur les générations ultérieures. Parmi ses élèves les plus connus figurent Wanda Landowska et Mischa Levitzki. Michalowski dédia cette étude à son compatriotre, le grand pianiste Ignace Friedman.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2001
Français: Josée Bégaud

Michalowskis Etüde nach Chopins Impromptu Nr. 1 in As-Dur, eine wesentlich anspruchsvollere Behandlung Chopins als seine brillante und offen gestanden seichte Bearbeitung des „Minutenwalzers“ in Des-Dur, erinnert in ihrer feinsinnigen kontrapunktischen Kultiviertheit an Godowsky. Vivace und leggiero gespielte Triolen mit Quart- und Sextsprüngen bedürfen einer geschliffenen Spielweise, über die Michalowski, wenn man den seinen wenigen Einspielungen glauben darf, eindeutig verfügte. Der geborene Pole Michal/owski, der mit Chopins Schüler Mikuli bekannt war, nahm Unterricht bei Moscheles, Reinecke und Tausig und übte später großen Einfluß auf die nachfolgenden Generationen aus. Zu seinen berühmtesten Schülern zählen Wanda Landowska und Mischa Levitzki. Michalowski hat die vorliegende Etüde seinem Landsmann gewidmet, dem großen Pianisten Ignaz Friedman.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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