Schumann: Kinderszenen; Waldszenen; Janácek: On the Overgrown Path 1

Schumann: Kinderszenen; Waldszenen; Janácek: On the Overgrown Path 1

by Marc-André HamelinMarc-André Hamelin

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Overview

French Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known for his recordings of ultra-virtuoso music, starting with Liszt and going up from there to the likes of Alkan, Godowsky, and the iconoclast Leo Ornstein. As his career has developed, though, he has sought to avoid being stereotyped, offering some fine recordings of sonatas by Haydn and proceeding to the generally non-virtuosic Schumann. In this one, he programs Schumann's "Waldszenen, Op. 82" (Forest Scenes), with Book I of Leos Janácek's "On the Overgrown Path," its natural successor. Both works superimpose murky psychological threads on nature imagery, naturally much more explicitly in Janácek's case. This would seem to be anything but Hamelin's home ground, but he succeeds in setting a mood and keeping it going. His performances run almost completely counter to type: they are low-key, not fast, and in places almost impressionistic. With the "Kinderszenen, Op. 15," as a sort of encore, the entire program has an impressively sustained intimacy and quiet allusiveness. Of course there is room for performances that do a bit more with the music, but it's clear that Hamelin is anything but a one-note pianist. Hyperion's engineers do much to make London's Henry Wood Hall sound smaller than it actually is.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Hyperion
UPC: 0034571280301
catalogNumber: 68030
Rank: 76126

Tracks

  1. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15
  2. Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
  3. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: The barn owl has not flown away!
  4. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: In tears
  5. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: Unutterable anguish
  6. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: Good night!
  7. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: Words fail!
  8. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: They chattered like swallows
  9. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: The Frýdek Madonna
  10. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: Come with us!
  11. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: A blown-away leaf
  12. On the Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnícku), for piano, JW 8/17: Our evenings

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