Various Artists / Charles Richard Hamelin Live In Concert In Quebec City / Music Of Beethoven, Ene
Album: Charles Richard Hamelin Live In Concert In Quebec City / Music Of Beethoven, Ene   Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Nov 2016

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-11-30 Pull Date: 2017-02-01 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Dec 4
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 03, 2016: Music Casserole
Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 In A-Flat Major, Op. 53 “Heroic” (7:27)

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2016-11-24
Beethoven’s two Rondos of 1796 and 1800 were published only in 1819. Each is typical of “Classical” music: elegant and attentive to form, ABACABA. Each has strong chromatic writing and virtuoso passages, and shows B’s capacity for improvisation.
The first three mvmts of the (1903) Suite No. 2 in D Major, Op. 10 of Georges Enescu, the great Romanian violinist, pianist, composer and conductor - Toccata, Sarabande and Pavane - were meant to be competition pieces. He wants the Toccata to sound like bells. The second mvmt Sarabande imitates a Spanish serenade, especially strumming guitars. The Pavane asks the piano to maintain a “gently rocking” pace. Like folk music, the piano is asked to reach for “flute” tones. The last mvmt, Bouree, has a majestic, fanfare quality, with parallel thirds imitating a trumpet call. The writing becomes at the end like a small orchestra.
Chopin’s 1841 Third Ballade in A-flat Major follows a poem by Adam Mickiewicz, “Undine.” The opening bars traverse three keyboard octaves. The Ballade is in arch form: ABACBA-coda, with two impulses, a song and a dance. Repeated C’s and A-flat’s dominate. The music moves far afield, to F Minor and C-sharp Minor to a sturdy, A-flat Major conclusion. Chopin’s 1844 Nocturne in E-flat, marked Lento sostenuto, is in 12/8 time, with a flowing melody throughout, and no secondary tune. The mood is one of sustained dreaming. Chopin’s 1832 Introduction and Rondo in E-flat begins with passion in C Minor, then moves into a joyful E-Flat Major. The 1842 “Heroic” Polonaise contains a famous middle section which suggests a resurgence of Polish cavalry and militant, national pride. It became a symbol of the various uprisings of 1848. The piece demands trills from weak fingers, huge chromatic leaps, fast scales and arpeggios, and the stamina to maintain the tension without sag.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Beethoven: Rondo In C Major, Op. 51, No. 1 (5:48)
2. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Beethoven: Rondo In G Major, Op. 52, No. 2 (9:18)
3. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Enescu: Suite No. 2 For Piano, Op. 10 I. Toccata (4:06)
4. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Ii. Sarabande (7:16)
5. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Iii. Pavane (5:51)
6. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Iv. Bourree (5:40
7. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Chopin: Ballade No. 3 In A-Flat Major, Op. 47 (7:27)
8. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Chopin: Nocturne In E-Flat Major, Op. 55, No. 2 (5:28)
9. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Chopin: Introduction And Rondo In E-Flat Major, Op. 16 (10:35)
10. Charles Richard-Hamelin, Piano Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 In A-Flat Major, Op. 53 ?Heroic? (7:27)