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Debussy: 12 Etudes / Berg: Sonate Op. 1

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Debussy: 12 Etudes / Berg: Sonate Op. 1

Pollini devotes four-fifths of this disc to the 12 etudes of Claude Debussy, and impressively done they are. The remaining piece, which predates the Debussy by a few years, is Alban Berg's powerfully compressed one-movement Piano Sonata Op. 1--which already shows the 23-year-old composer's ability to reconcile the demands of form with the inherently volatile tendencies of an expressionistic musical idiom. Pollini's lean, rhythmically precise reading and hard, bright tone give the piece a remarkable intensity. The 1992 recording is direct and analytic, like the performance. --Ted Libbey

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Hamelin: (12) Etudes / Little Nocturne / Con intissimo sentimento - excerpts / Theme and Variations (Cathy's Variations)

Hamelin: (12) Etudes / Little Nocturne / Con intissimo sentimento - excerpts / Theme and Variations (Cathy's Variations) Lowest new price: $12.22
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Hamelin plays Hamelin: a glimpse into the fabulously bizarre musical mind of one of the greatest piano virtuosos of today. Marc-Andr‚ Hamelin's twelve tudes, written over a period of nearly twenty-five years, have already achieved cult status by reputation as pianistic challenges beyond the reach of most human fingers. That they will immediately take their place in the concert repertoire of any pianist who thinks themself equal to them is indicated by their contemporaneous publication by Peters Edition New York. The disc is completed by more of Hamelin's compositions, including the quiet and reflective Con intissimo sentimento and the musical love poem Cathy's Variations. As a whole it is a detailed portrait of this talented and complex musician.

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Rachmaninov: Music for 2 Pianos - Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Opp.5,17 / Etude-Tableau, Op.33 / Symphonic Dances, Op.45 / Russian Rhapsody / Corelli Variations, Op.42

Rachmaninov: Music for 2 Pianos - Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Opp.5,17 / Etude-Tableau, Op.33 / Symphonic Dances, Op.45 / Russian Rhapsody / Corelli Variations, Op.42 Lowest new price: $11.68
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Gorecki: Concerto for Piano & Strings / Three Pieces in Old Style

Gorecki: Concerto for Piano & Strings / Three Pieces in Old Style Lowest new price: $8.50
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Schumann: Fantasy / Etudes Symphoniques / Piano Sonata No 2

Schumann: Fantasy / Etudes Symphoniques / Piano Sonata No 2 Lowest new price: $13.99
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Early in the Fantasy, which begins the disc, we realize that this is not going to be the kind of great performance we might have expected from Marc-André Hamelin. Although he plays the difficult piano writing with panache, there are places in the first movement where the left hand echoes the right hand's leading phrases and we simply don't hear them. He dashes through the treacherous march with splendid virtuosity and plays the long slow finale with beautiful tone and phrasing, but the music simply isn't eventful enough. Pianists like Fiorentino, Richter, and Backhaus have shown us what treasures this music holds, and what Hamelin offers simply isn't enough. The Sonata is the best performance on the disc, but even that doesn't have the wildness of spirit that Schumann put into the music. Hamelin's choice of edition for the Études is understandable (he plays Schumann's last version as published, without the additional music Brahms found and added to a critical edition), but again, the pianist doesn't make all the music's points. Not bad performances, but not the best Schumann. --Leslie Gerber

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12 Transcendental Etudes

12 Transcendental Etudes Lowest new price: $214.00
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Alkan: Grande sonate 'Les quatre âges', Sonatine, Le festin d'Esope

Alkan: Grande sonate 'Les quatre âges', Sonatine, Le festin d'Esope Lowest new price: $11.76
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Model: 1997838

1995 HYPERION RECORDS CD

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Symphonies Nos 1 & 4

Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 Lowest new price: $7.45
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Although Szymanowski later dubbed his First Symphony a "contrapuntal-harmonic-orchestral monster" and disavowed the influence of Wagner, Reger and Richard Strauss , it is an astonishingly powerful work by a composer only in his mid-20s and still enthral

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Granados: Piano Music Vol. 7 - Sentimental Waltzes; Love Letters; The Gondola; 6 Expressive Studies

Granados: Piano Music Vol. 7 - Sentimental Waltzes; Love Letters; The Gondola; 6 Expressive Studies Lowest new price: $8.43
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Valses sentimentales - 7 Etudes - 6 Etudes expressives en forme de pièces faciles - / Douglas Riva, piano

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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin Etudes [SACD]

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin Etudes [SACD] Lowest new price: $6.91
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