Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
If, as Liszt himself dubbed it, ‘Hexaméron’ is ‘a monster’, it’s a monster which certainly holds no terrors for Marc-André Hamelin, and the encounter between them makes for some thrilling pianism. The remainder of the recital—high-octane transformations of nineteenth-century operatic favourites—is every bit as electrifying, from a musician who never ceases to astonish whatever the repertoire.
Ernani '[Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert', S432
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des "Puritains" de Bellini', S365a
Réminiscences de Norma, S394
Don Pasquale Fantasy, Op. 67
Fantasia on Moise, Op. 33
"The virtuosity required by these five Romantic items is well supplied by Hamelin, who invests it with his own dedicated poetry."
Sunday Times - 23rd August 2020