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Track(s) taken from CDA67218

Salut, cendre du pauvre!, Op 45

1856; after a poem by Gabriel-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Legouve

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: August 2000
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2001
Total duration: 8 minutes 40 seconds

Cover artwork: The Battle of Lenore, or 'The Dead Go Fast' (1839) by Horace Vernet (1789-1863)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Marc-André Hamelin puts us further in his debt with another superbly played disc of Alkan … [the Symphony’s] big-boned, exorbitantly taxing writing draws appropriately stunning pianism from Hamelin' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hamelin has no equal as an interpreter of Alkan; he inhabits the overheated world of this strange proto-Lisztian figure with a completeness that combines a total mastery of its fearsome technical challenges with an innate understanding of its sometimes elusive emotional content' (The Guardian)

'This quite exceptional recording confirms Marc-André Hamelin as the greatest living exponent of Alkan’s music … spontaneous, inspirational playing in which the architecture of each work, phrasing, astonishing accuracy and articulation, and the full use of the tonal resources of the instrument combine to illuminate these extravagant scores as never before' (International Record Review)

'Ear-boggling … Another self-recommending discographic coup. What next? I'm all ears' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hamelin’s playing is not only mind-blowingly virtuosic but powerfully ardent and touchingly sensitive to boot. Absolutely not to be missed!' (www.bn.com)
Salut, cendre du pauvre!, Op 45, is Alkan’s only work to have been published in 1856. It is a paraphrase of a poem by Gabriel-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Legouve (1764–1812) to which it is difficult to assign any clear identity. As with the previous piece, but within a generally calmer musical landscape, several sections create a juxtaposition of contrasting atmospheres. The piece begins with a number of arpeggios and then goes on to introduce a pregnant theme which then filters through the entire work. There follows a page in a much more funereal mood reminiscent of the Marche funèbre (Op 26) with its obsessive throbbing in the left hand. The piece comes to a calm close with big spread chords.

from notes by François Luguenot © 2001
English: Ansy Boothroyd

Salut, cendre du pauvre! op. 45 est la seule œuvre publiée en 1856. Elle paraphrase un poème de Gabiel-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Legouvé (1764–1812) dont l’identification exacte pose problème. Comme dans la pièce précédente, mais dans un climat général beaucoup plus apaisé, plusieurs sections opposent des climats contrastés. La composition commence par quelques arpèges avant que ne s’énonce un thème très prégnant qui irrigue toute l’œuvre. S’ensuit une page d’un climat beaucoup plus funèbre dont l’écriture rappelle celle de la Marche funèbre op. 26 avec les battements obsessionnels à la main gauche. La pièce se clôt dans l’apaisement sur de grands accords arpégés.

extrait des notes rédigées par François Luguenot © 2001

Salut, cendre du pauvre! op. 45 ist Alkans einziges im Jahr 1856 veröffentlichtes Werk. Es handelt sich um eine Paraphrase auf ein Gedicht von Gabriel-Marie-Jean-Baptiste Legouvé (1764–1812), das nur schwer eindeutig zu identifizieren ist. Wie beim vorhergehenden Stück, wenn auch im Rahmen einer generell ruhigeren musikalischen Landschaft, stellen die diversen Abschnitte kontrastierende Stimmungen nebeneinander. Das Stück beginnt mit einer Reihe von Arpeggien und führt dann ein bedeutungsschwangeres Thema ein, das fortan das ganze Werk durchzieht. Es folgt ein Blatt in wesentlich traurigerer Stimmung, das mit seinem zwanghaften Pochen in der linken Hand an den Marche funèbre (op. 26) gemahnt. Das Stück kommt mit weit ausgreifenden Akkorden zu einem ruhigen Schluß.

aus dem Begleittext von François Luguenot © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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