Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in concert and on recordings. This concert is a remarkable compilation of challenging and well-known pieces in conjunction with unusual and even rarely heard pieces from Marc-André Hamelin’s wide-range of repertoire.
Castelnuovo-Tedesco often drew inspiration from the landscapes of his native country. This short but richly evocative tone poem, Cipressi Op. 17, takes its name from the iconic trees that punctuate the countryside around the Tuscan village where his wife’s family owned a villa. Schumann dedicated his Fantasie in C Major to Clara Wieck, his betrothed. The passionate and storm meets the pensive and poetic in this sumptuous piano sonata.
Together with Maurice Chevalier and Édith Piaf, Charles Trénet epitomized the worldly, debonair elegance of 20th-century popular French song. Marc-André Hamelin reconstructed these unpublished versions of Six Arrangements of Songs Sung by Charles Trénet from recordings by the arranger, pianist Alexis Weissenberg. Chopin’s Scherzo in E Major is the last of this form that he composed. Both whimsical and flashy, it is very French in nature. While laboring over his new form of Polonaise-fantasie Chopin wrote, ‘I’d like to finish something that I don’t yet know what to call’.
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