has proved himself—in three lauded volumes of Haydn’s piano sonatas to be a formidable Haydn pianist, combining style, exuberance and dazzling technique with a palpable sense of joy in the music. Now he has recorded the composer’s three most popular concertos.
This release is the fruit of a partnership with the award-winning Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy
and their director Bernard Labadie
, whose previous recordings for Virgin Classics and other labels have received the highest critical acclaim.
an important achievement for Hamelin, whose powers of creativity and sensitivity never fail to spark the imagination. --IRR, Apr'13
In the early F Major Concerto,Marc-Andre Hamelin weaves an enchanting spell,approaching an almost Mozartian pathos. GRAMOPHONE RECORDING OF THE MONTH --Gramophone, May'13
Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin is perfectly attuned to the sound world of Haydn's piano concertos, and this five-star album is an hour of pure pleasure.***** --Sinfini Music, 25/4/13
Critics Choice 2013 --Gramophone, Dec'13