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Marc-André Hamelin, Piano

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Marc-André Hamelin by Sim Canetty-Clarke
The Washington Post wrote that pianist Marc-André Hamelin's “technical facility is breathtaking: The piano quivers and trembles under his thunderous assault, but his sensitivity is also superb.” These qualities are at the fore in a program that explores the hazy harmonies and delicate timbres of Debussy, the power and poetry of Liszt, and music by other master pianist-composers.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos I


Marc-André Hamelin, Piano


LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A Minor
LISZT "Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude" from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on B.A.C.H.
FEINBERG Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Minor, Op. 6
DEBUSSY Images, Book I
GODOWSKY Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Johann Strauss

DEBUSSY "Feux d'artifice" from Preludes, Book II
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN Toccata on “L'homme armé”
SCHUMANN "Abschied" from Waldszenen, Op. 82

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


Marc-André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivalled 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 addition to this evening’s program, highlights of Mr. Hamelin’s 2017–2018 season include recitals with the Seattle Symphony; at Yale University and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts; and in Denver, Cincinnati, Amsterdam, Munich, and Moscow. Orchestra appearances this season include Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the Orchestre de Paris and Alan Gilbert, and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena; Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra during the opening weeks of Vladimir Jurowski’s inaugural season as the orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic director; Ravel’s G-Major Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and John Storgårds; Brahms’s D-Major Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze; Brahms and Beethoven concertos with Symphony Nova Scotia and Bernhard Gueller; Brahms concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Stravinsky with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot; and Mozart with The Cleveland Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.

Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases include For Bunita Marcus with Morton Feldman, and a recording of Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr. Jurowski. Mr. Hamelin’s Hyperion discography of 57 recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan and Godowsky, as well as works by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann. His album Hamelin: Études received a 2010 Grammy nomination (Mr. Hamelin’s ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Mr. Hamelin’s etudes and other compositions are published by Edition Peters.

Mr. Hamelin lives in Boston with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. Mr. Hamelin is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

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