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Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. Long known for his bold exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, Mr. Hamelin has increasingly turned his attention to the established masterworks of the piano literature, in ... Read more in Amazon's Marc-André Hamelin Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000BOIWSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduzione
2. No.1
3. No.2: Prestissimo
4. No.3
5. No.4: Presto
6. No.5
7. No.6
8. No.7: Semplice
9. No.8
10. No.9: Prestissimo
11. No.10: Vivo
12. No.11
13. No.12: Finale
14. Des Abends
15. Aufschwung
16. Warum?
17. Grillen
18. In Der Nacht
19. Fabel
20. Traumes Wirren
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Papillons, op.2 - Fantasiestücke, op.12 - Carnaval, op.9 / Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Review

'Not since Sviatoslav Richter's classic 1962 live account of Papillons have these fluttering miniatures been so stunningly brought to life as by that genius of the piano, Marc-André Hamelin … Add an entrancing Op.12 Fantasiestücke to surpass even Argerich's, a stunning production from Andrew Keener and exemplary notes from Misha Donat, and you have a Schumann disc made in heaven' --Classic FM Magazine

'All three of these sets of pieces by Schumann - Papillons, Fantasiestücke and Carnaval - explore the world of the composer's imagination. And it is that sense of fantasy that comes across so beautifully in Marc-André Hamelin's performances' --Evening Standard

'Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of story-telling … The excellent sound-quality has all the warmth and detail that Hyperion habitually bring to Hamelin's CDs' --BBC Music Magazine

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Marc-André Hamelin has taken some critical brickbats when he has essayed standard repertoire, and he certainly got them for his first Schumann CD, the one containing the Fantasie. I was not among those who carped about those performances. And I do not sense any deficiency in this more recent disc that contains Papillons, Fantasiestücke and, best of, Carnaval. I think one reason some critics have taken Hamelin to task is that he has such a reputation as a virtuoso that they think he must not have any of the poet in him. (One used to hear the same sort of thing about Horowitz.) But anyone who has listened to his recordings of rather more off-beat composers -- Alkan, Roslavets, Medtner, Scriabin, Catoire -- will have to admit, I think, that there is plenty of poetry in his playing. However, he does not deal in sentimentality and perhaps that is what some listeners miss.

It seems to me that these readings of three of Schumann's most popular works are a breath of fresh air. Papillons and the Fantasiestücke, for instance, tend to move right along -- although the latter's 'In der Nacht' certainly dwells in a perfumed and romantic atmosphere. This briskness is all to the good, I believe.

When it comes to Carnaval Hamelin has come up with a new-sounding approach -- at least in my experience -- in that he does not romanticize the little character pieces, but rather plays them almost classically. This is not to say that 'Chopin' does not partake of that composer's tonal beauty or that 'Eusebius' is not pensive, musing. But on the whole Hamelin plays this music with bracing élan and I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 13 July 2012
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I must confess to only stumbling upon this CD whilst looking for something else, and was immediately drawn to the beautiful artwork of the cover; a clown, harlequin and pierrot - most enchanting! I wondered what kind of music could be associated with such a magical image!

I love much classical music, but don't know a lot about it, and so was not familiar with this. I went to hear some small samples and liked what I heard - this coupled with the lovely cover, I thought I would give it a go.

I found the album to be very good, and found the piece: `Chiarina' to be my favourite - most beautiful, but being such short pieces, (there are 42 in total) it is really very hard to choose... The album is split into three sections; `Papillons', `Fantasiestucke' and `Carnaval'. I found the last section probably the best - though it was all very nice. I'm eager to play it again as I feel sure I will like it even more second time around.

The CD comes with a very thick and quality booklet - full of information regarding the composer, and the novelist 'Jean-Paul' who inspired much of the music. It was also here I learned the beautiful art used for the cover was in fact called: `Masquerade' and was painted in 1922 by the accomplished artist: Karl Hofer.

Lovely!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2006
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Hamelin's account of Carnaval is second to none in terms of technical prowess, tonal delicacy and artistic refinement. I can't think of any recordings better than this. Beautifully and Realistically recorded.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. S. N. Silva on 29 Dec. 2011
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This has got to be one of the most definitive recordings of Schumann's works. My favourite work in here would have to be Papillons in which Marc-Andre Hamelin provides an unparallelled sense of depth and beauty to what would otherwise seem like a light-hearted piece of music.
The Das Abends of Fantasiestücke is probably the most haunting and moving version of this piece you'll ever hear. He seems to have an exquisite sense of rubato in this piece that just makes it magical. My favourite piece of Fantasiestücke would have to be the final Ende vom Lied though which seems like a perfect swan song for this set and somehow captures the essence of Schumann himself like no other piece of solo piano music he composed.
With Carnaval too, you get that sense of fantasy and excitement that Schumann instills in a lot his music. Personally not one of my favourite Schumann compositions, though I think it's hard for anyone to dismiss the sense of occasion and grandeur that is brought out with the finale.
I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who has even a passing interest in the music of Robert Schumann and/or the awe inspiring talent of Marc-Andre Hamelin.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2009
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Although I have some limited familarity with these works from live performances I am by no means in any way an expert on the fine pianistic details of these pieces, but I would say that these performances lack a certain warmth and reflective poetry and intelligence at the sake of technical showmanship and velocity. All the same they are enjoyable performances. Consider Kempff, Arrau, N. Freire, Pollini or Argerich as better alternatives. The recorded sound leaves something to be desired.SCHUMANN: Piano Works: Wilhelm KempffThe Artistry of Martha ArgerichSchumann: Carnaval; Kinderszenen; WaldszenenSchumann: Carnaval; Papillons; Kinderszenen; ArabeskeAlso see:Schumann: Piano Works
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