- For Bunita Marcus, for solo piano
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Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin is widely admired for his brilliant virtuosity and effortless showmanship, which he frequently displays in his performances of the flashier works of Franz Liszt, Alexander Scriabin, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Leopold Godowsky, and others. But Hamelin embraces a different challenge in performing Morton Feldman's "For Bunita Marcus," a solo piano work of over 72 minutes in duration, in which the smallest gestures are played slowly, quietly, and with extreme delicacy. This austere piece, like many of Feldman's expansive late works, doesn't require conventional pianistic skills, but instead calls on such inner resources as patience, muscular control, and clearheadedness to sustain the sense of weightless abstraction in the gradual unfolding of musical ideas. Hamelin's playing throughout is subdued and somber, and the narrow range of pitches and sparse harmonies give this performance a constrained feeling that denies any expectations of prestidigitation. Yet Hamelin's even pacing and subtly graded dynamics reveal his steadiness and fortitude, as well as his great sensitivity to the smallest changes and the shapes the music takes. While this recording may appeal most to dedicated followers of Feldman, Hamelin's fans should also hear this minimalist classic, to discover another side of this amazing musician.