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Marc-André Hamelin

Like the legendary pianists of the 19th and early 20th century, such as Sigismund Thalberg, Franz Liszt, Leopold Godowsky, and Ignace Jan Paderewski, it often sounds as if Marc-André Hamelin has more than 10 fingers. His ability to play fiendishly difficult music, make it sound as if it's a stroll in the park, yet imbue it with musical sensitivity makes him worthy of the description "super-virtuoso" by The New York Times' Harold Schoenberg.

Hamelin studied at the Vincent d'Indy School of Music in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert, a pupil of Cortot, then received bachelor's and master's degrees at Temple University, working under Russell Sherman and Harvey Weeden. In 1985, he launched his career with a first prize victory in the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. Since then, he has appeared in recital at a multitude of international venues, often with a thematically linked program of works. His solo turns with orchestras are no less far-reaching, covering major venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Hamelin also finds time for a few chamber music performances and recordings, with such colleagues as Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Hewitt, Angela Cheng, Midori, Angèle Dubeau, Alain Marion, Jon Vickers, the Leopold String Trio, and the Takács Quartet.

His early recordings for CBC, Altarus, New World and Music & Arts labels featured music by Bolcom, Wolpe, Ives, Sorabji, and Godowsky. Hamelin then signed an exclusive contract as a Hyperion artist, and the frequencey of releases and breadth of his repertoire helped propel his star higher. Covering concertos and solo works of composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Medtner, Reger, Rzewski, Scriabin, Villa-Lobos, Weissenberg, and Grainger -- just to name a few -- his recordings have been nominated and won several prestigious awards. Compared to those composers, the sonatas of Haydn would seem too tame for Hamelin, but his 2007 volume of these was the year's best-seller for Hyperion. The 2010 release, Études, of his own compositions (bringing Hamelin even closer to the examples of Liszt and Godowsky), yielded the pianist his ninth Grammy nomination and a first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association.

Based in Boston, Hamelin received a lifetime achievement prize in 2003 from the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Track List: Grainger: Piano Music

Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: Jutish Medley, Folk Songs For Piano (DFMS 8)

1. Jutish Medley, Folk Songs For Piano (DFMS 8): Jutish Medley

Title: Colonial Song, For Piano (Sentimental No. 1)

2. Colonial Song, For Piano (Sentimental No. 1): Colonial Song

Title: Molly On The Shore, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 19)

3. Molly On The Shore, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 19): Molly On The Shore

Title: Harvest Hymn, For Piano

4. Harvest Hymn, For Piano: Harvest Hymn

Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Title: Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89

5. Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89: No. 4: A Reel

Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: Spoon River, Folk Song For Piano (AFMS 1)

6. Spoon River, Folk Song For Piano (AFMS 1): American Folk Dance

Title: Country Gardens, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 22)

7. Country Gardens, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 22): Country Gardens

Title: Walking Tune, For Piano (RMTB 3)

8. Walking Tune, For Piano (RMTB 3): Walking Tune

Title: Mock Morris, For Piano (original And Concert Versions) (RMTB 1)

9. Mock Morris, For Piano (original And Concert Versions) (RMTB 1): Mock Morris

Title: Ramble On Love, For Piano (After The Love Duet From Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier;" Fs 4)

10. Ramble On Love, For Piano (After The Love Duet From Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier;" Fs 4): Ramble On The Last Love Duet In Der Rosenkavalier

Title: Shepherd's Hey!, Folk Song For Piano (2 Versions) (BFMS 4)

11. Shepherd's Hey!, Folk Song For Piano (2 Versions) (BFMS 4): Shepherd's Hey

Title: Irish Tune From County Derry (Londonderry Air), Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 6)

12. Irish Tune From County Derry (Londonderry Air), Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 6): Irish Tune From County Derry

Title: Handel In The Strand, Clog Dance For Piano (Rmtb 2)

13. Handel In The Strand, Clog Dance For Piano (Rmtb 2): Handel In The Strand

Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Title: Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89

14. Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89: No. 1: A March-jig

Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: The Hunter In His Career, Song For Piano (OEPM 4)

15. The Hunter In His Career, Song For Piano (OEPM 4): The Hunter In His Career

Title: Scotch Strathspey And Reel, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 37)

16. Scotch Strathspey And Reel, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 37): Scotch Strathspey

Title: The Gumsuckers March, For Piano (In A Nutshell, No. 4)

17. The Gumsuckers March, For Piano (In A Nutshell, No. 4): From In A Nutshell Suite

Title: The Merry King, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 38)

18. The Merry King, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 38): The Merry King

Title: In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher), For Piano (Edited By Ronald Stevenson)

19. In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher), For Piano (Edited By Ronald Stevenson): In Dahomey

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Track List: Karol Szymanowski: The Complete Mazurkas

Title: Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56

1. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: I. Sostenuto. Molto Rubato

2. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: II. Allegramente - Poco Vivace

3. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: III. Moderato

4. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: IV. Allegramente, Risoluto

5. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: V. Moderato

6. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: VI. Vivace

7. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: VII. Poco Vivace

8. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: VIII. Moderato

9. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: IX. Tempo Moderato

10. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: X. Allegramente - Vivace - Con Brio

11. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XI. Allegretto

12. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XII. Allegro Moderato

13. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XIII. Moderato

14. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XIV. Animato

15. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XV. Allegretto Dolce

16. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XVI. Allegramente - Vigoroso

17. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XVII. Moderato

18. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XVIII. Vivace - Agitato

19. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XIX. Animato - E Grazioso

20. Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56: XX. Allegramente - Con Brio

Title: Romantic Waltz, For Piano, M59a

21. Romantic Waltz, For Piano, M59a: Valse Romantique

Title: Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60

22. Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60: Mazurek

23. Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60: Krakowiak

24. Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60: Oberek

25. Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60: Polonaise

Title: Mazurkas (2) For Piano, Op. 62, M73

26. Mazurkas (2) For Piano, Op. 62, M73: I. Allegretto Grazioso

27. Mazurkas (2) For Piano, Op. 62, M73: II. Moderato

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Track List: Leo Ornstein Piano Music: Suicide On An Airplane / La Chinoise / Poems Of 1917, Op. 41 / Arabesques (9), Op. 42 / Piano Sonata No. 8

Title: Suicide In An Airplane, For Piano

1. Suicide In An Airplane, For Piano: Suicide In An Airplane

Title: A La Chinoise, For Piano, Op. 39
Title: Wild Men's Dance (Danse Sauvage) For Piano, , Op. 13/2
Title: Poems Of 1917, For Piano, Op. 41
Title: Arabesques (9), For Piano, Op. 42
Title: Impressions De La Tamise, For Piano, Op. 13/1
Title: Piano Sonata No. 8
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Track List: Reger: Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J. S. Bach

Title: Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81

1. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Theme: Andante

2. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation I: L'istesso Tempo

3. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation II: (Sempre Espress.d Assai Legato)

4. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variations III: Grave Assai

5. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variations IV: Vivace

6. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variations V: Vivace

7. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variations VI: Allegro Molto

8. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation VII: Adagio

9. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation VIII: Vivace

10. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation IX: Grave E Sempre Molto Espressivo

11. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation X: Poco Vivace

12. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation XI: Allegro Agitato

13. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation XII: Andante Sostenuto

14. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation XIII: Vivace

15. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Variation XIV: Con Moto

16. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of J.S. Bach For Piano, Op. 81: Fugue: Sostenuto

Title: Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20

17. Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20: I. Allegretto Grazioso - Più Meno Mosso - Tempo Primo

18. Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20: II. Presto - Andante - Presto

19. Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20: III. Andantino Grazioso - Meno Mosso - Tempo Primo

20. Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20: IV. Prestissimo Assai - Meno Mosso - Prestissimo Assai

21. Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20: V. Vivace Assai - Più Tranquillo - Tempo Primo

Title: Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134

22. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Theme: Tempo Di Minuetto)

23. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation I: (L'istesso Tempo)

24. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation II: (L'istesso Tempo)

25. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation III: (L'istesso Tempo) (Scherzando)

26. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation IV: (L'istesso Tempo)

27. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation V: (Non Troppo Vivace)

28. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation VI: (Non Troppo Vivace)

29. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation VII: (Quasi Tempo Primo)

30. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation VIII: Tempo Primo

31. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation IX: Non Troppo Vivace

32. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation X: Quasi Adagio

33. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XI: Quasi Adagio

34. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XII: Poco Vivace

35. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XIII: Tempo Primo

36. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XIV: Meno Vivace

37. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XV: Andante

38. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XVI: Adagio

39. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XVII: Poco Andante

40. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XVIII: Tempo Primo

41. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XIX: Poco Vivace

42. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XX: Poco Vivace

43. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XXI: Poco Vivace

44. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XXII: Vivace

45. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Variation XXIII: Poco Andante - Molto Adagio

46. Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134: Fugue: Vivace Con Spirito - Meno Mosso

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Track List: Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Title: The People United Will Never Be Defeated (El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido), 36 Variations On A Chilean Song, For Piano
Title: North American Ballads (4) For Piano: No. 3, Down By The Riverside
Title: North American Ballads (4) For Piano: No. 4, Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
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Track List: Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Disc 1
Title: Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6

1. Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6: I. Allegro Con Fuocoso

2. Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6: II. Crochet = 40

3. Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6: III. Presto

4. Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6: IV. Funebre

Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-fantasy"), Op. 19

5. Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-fantasy"), Op. 19: I. Andante

6. Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-fantasy"), Op. 19: II. Presto

Title: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23

7. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23: I. Dramatico

8. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23: II. Allegretto

9. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23: III. Andante

10. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23: IV. Presto Con Fuoco

Title: Fantaisie For Piano In B Minor, Op. 28

11. Fantaisie For Piano In B Minor, Op. 28: Fantaisie For Piano In B Minor, Op. 28

Title: Piano Sonata No. 4 In F Sharp Major, Op. 30

12. Piano Sonata No. 4 In F Sharp Major, Op. 30: I. Andante

13. Piano Sonata No. 4 In F Sharp Major, Op. 30: II. Prestissimo Volando

Disc 2
Title: Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), Op. 53
Title: Piano Sonata No. 6 In G Major, Op. 62
Title: Piano Sonata No. 7 In F Sharp Major ("White Mass"), Op. 64
Title: Piano Sonata No. 8 In A Major, Op. 66
Title: Piano Sonata No. 9 In F Major ("Black Mass"), Op. 68
Title: Piano Sonata No. 10 In C Major ("Trill"), Op. 70
Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-fantasy"), Op. 19
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Track List: The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 53

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