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Track(s) taken from CDA67476/7

Yvonne en visite!


Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
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Recording details: August 2004
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: April 2005
Total duration: 6 minutes 26 seconds


'Here is the most immaculate, effortless and refined of all Iberias. Where others fight to stay afloat, Marc-André Hamelin rides the crest of every formidable wave with nonchalant ease and poetry … Hamelin's Albéniz [on the other hand], proudly but nonchalantly, raises a new and astonishing standard' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin again achieves the almost physically impossible with seeming ease. Albéniz's multiple layers are finely balanced, and apparently awkward textures come to life in a lucid acoustic with pace, grace and a constant sense of dance' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin has a wonderful feel for this music. He has a rhythmic play and sense of chord-balancing that enriches the textures. His most beautiful and lyrical playing occurs in the languid, intimate passages, where one is carried away from the everyday' (American Record Guide)

'Simply put, this is now the recording of choice. Hamelin has a reputation as a super-virtuoso—'jaw-dropping' is one of the favourite adjectives used to describe his technique. It's certainly a well-deserved reputation … Hamelin uses his unparalleled technique not to revel in the music's difficulties but to transcend them; and at his best he offers artistic subtlety where lesser pianists offer little more than gymnastic sweat and strain' (International Record Review)

'Albéniz infused his writing with the flamboyant rhythms and anguished melodies of flamenco, and Hamelin captures the authentic accent while dispatching the notes with astonishing technical bravura and outstanding musicianship. He may not replace de Larrocha, but all who love this music will want to add his interpretations to their collections' (The Sunday Times)

'Rarely has this music's intricate patternings been so subtly exposed, and the recording captures Hamelin's distinctive sonority to a tee' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Marc-André Hamelin's [recordings] all attest to a virtuoso technique and an inquiring musical mind second to none on today's concert, recital, and recording platforms. He brings no less in artistic commitment to Albéniz and to this kaleidoscopically colourful music. Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'There's plenty of technical brilliance to marvel at in Marc-André Hamelin's performances. In quieter, slower music—the very first piece Evocacion is one instance—he offers a lovely, appositely dark-hued singing tone along with an array of delicate shades' (The Evening Standard)

'Hamelin easily conquers any competitors with his technical brilliance and finger dexterity' (Pianist)» More

'Mr Hamelin commands an enormous range of touch and expression. He is as comfortable in the languid meanderings of Evocación as in the pointed dance rhythms of Rondeña and he modulates between such extremes with utter fluency. As part of this far-reaching sensibility, Mr Hamelin is always alert to atmosphere, which is everything in this music' (The New York Times)
Albéniz’s association with the Schola Cantorum inspired his most charming work for piano, Yvonne en visite!. It appeared in a collection of pieces for children ‘small and large’ by musicians at the Schola and was published by Édition Mutuelle in Paris, around the same time as Iberia. This delightfully humorous work contains Albéniz’s annotations (in the manner of Erik Satie) describing a visit of the young pianist Yvonne Guidé, who is forced to perform by her mother. Yvonne gets a bad case of nerves and stumbles through her repertoire, while her increasingly unhappy mother threatens her with ten days of Hanon exercises!

from notes by Walter Aaron Clark © 2005

Ses liens avec la Schola Cantorum inspirèrent à Albéniz sa plus charmante pièce pour piano, Yvonne en visite!, qui parut dans un recueil de pièces pour enfants «petits et grands» composées par des musiciens scholistes et fut publiée par l’Édition mutuelle à Paris, vers la même époque qu’Iberia. Cette œuvre à l’humour délicieux renferme des annotations d’Albéniz (à la Satie) décrivant une visite de la jeune pianiste Yvonne Guidé, que sa mère force à jouer. Yvonne, de plus en plus nerveuse, achoppe sur son répertoire, pendant que sa mère, de plus en plus mécontente, la menace de dix jours d’exercices de Hanon!

extrait des notes rédigées par Walter Aaron Clark © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Die Inspiration für Albéniz’ charmantestes Klavierstück, Yvonne en visite! entstammt der Verbindung des Komponisten zur Schola Cantorum. Es erschien als Teil einer Sammlung von Stücken für Kinder „groß und klein“, die von Musikern der Schola geschrieben und ungefähr zur gleichen Zeit wie Iberia von der Édition Mutuelle in Paris veröffentlicht wurden. Dieses entzückend humorvolle Werk enthält Albéniz’ Anmerkungen (ähnlich wie bei Erik Satie), die den Besuch der jungen Pianistin Yvonne Guidé beschreiben, die von ihrer Mutter gezwungen wird, zu spielen. Yvonne wird immer nervöser und stolpert durch ihr Repertoire, während ihre zunehmend unzufriedene Mutter ihr mit zehn Tagen Hanon-Übungen droht!

aus dem Begleittext von Walter Aaron Clark © 2005
Deutsch: Bettina Reinke-Welsh

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