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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: The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 53

Composer: Max Reger
Title: Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 114

1. Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 114: Allegro Moderato

2. Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 114: Largo Con Gran Espressione

3. Piano Concerto In F Minor, Op. 114: Allegretto Con Spirito

Composer: Richard Strauss
Title: Burleske For Piano & Orchestra (Or 2 Pianos) In D Minor, O.op. 85 (Trv 145, Av 85)

4. Burleske For Piano & Orchestra (Or 2 Pianos) In D Minor, O.op. 85 (Trv 145, Av 85): Burleske In D Minor

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Track List: The Devil In The Flesh

1. Sonata Rhythmikosmos: Quite Fast

2. Sonata Rhythmikosmos: Slow And Sonorous

3. Sonata Rhythmikosmos: Very Fast

4. Yellowstone Rhythms For Bassoon And Piano

5. Satori

6. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: Departure

7. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: Dragonflies Sing Near

8. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: Night Falls Raining

9. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: Unfounded Joy

10. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: A Corner In The House Of Innocence

11. Six Pictures From The Devil In The Flesh: The Madwoman On The Roof

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Track List: Karol Szymanowski: The Complete Mazurkas

Title: Mazurkas (20) For Piano, Op. 50, M56
Title: Romantic Waltz, For Piano, M59a

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

Title: Polish Dances (4), For Piano, M60
Title: Mazurkas (2) For Piano, Op. 62, M73
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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: 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: 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
Title: Humoreskes (5) For Piano, Op. 20
Title: Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of G.P. Telemann For Piano, Op. 134
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Track List: Grainger: Piano Music

Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: Jutish Medley, Folk Songs For Piano (DFMS 8)
Title: Colonial Song, For Piano (Sentimental No. 1)
Title: Molly On The Shore, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 19)
Title: Harvest Hymn, For Piano
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Title: Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89
Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: Spoon River, Folk Song For Piano (AFMS 1)
Title: Country Gardens, Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 22)
Title: Walking Tune, For Piano (RMTB 3)
Title: Mock Morris, For Piano (original And Concert Versions) (RMTB 1)
Title: Ramble On Love, For Piano (After The Love Duet From Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier;" Fs 4)
Title: Shepherd's Hey!, Folk Song For Piano (2 Versions) (BFMS 4)
Title: Irish Tune From County Derry (Londonderry Air), Folk Song For Piano (Bfms 6)
Title: Handel In The Strand, Clog Dance For Piano (Rmtb 2)
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Title: Irish Dances (4) For Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 89
Composer: Percy Grainger
Title: The Hunter In His Career, Song For Piano (OEPM 4)
Title: Scotch Strathspey And Reel, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 37)
Title: The Gumsuckers March, For Piano (In A Nutshell, No. 4)
Title: The Merry King, Folk Song For Piano (BFMS 38)
Title: In Dahomey (Cakewalk Smasher), For Piano (Edited By Ronald Stevenson)
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Track List: Scriabin: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Disc 1
Title: Piano Sonata No. 1 In F Minor, Op. 6
Title: Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-fantasy"), Op. 19
Title: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor ("Etats d'âme"), Op. 23
Title: Fantaisie For Piano In B Minor, Op. 28
Title: Piano Sonata No. 4 In F Sharp Major, Op. 30
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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