[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 28 February 2020
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One phenomenal composer-pianist's homage to another. Samuil Feinberg's music is here championed by Marc-André Hamelin, whose performances are sensitive to all its shadows and anxieties while being-of course-fully equal to the prodigious technical demands.
Samuil Feinberg (1890-1962) embodies the type of musician, nowadays rare, whose creative work extends to several fields simultaneously. In addition to his compositional output, which shows striking autonomy of harmonic invention (as Marc-André Hamelin emphasizes), he left behind a number of theoretical writings, influenced several generations of pianists as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and enjoyed an excellent reputation over four decades as a profound and sensitive pianist.
'It is difficult to imagine any living pianist other than Hamelin who could confront this music-music that is stranger than strange-with such compelling mastery, eloquence and lucidity. This is a major addition to Hamelin's unique discography … those of a nervous disposition should handle with care and take the sonatas in small doses … others will be left shaken and stirred. They will also be lost in wonder at Hamelin's truly phenomenal playing. Hyperion's sound is, as always, superb' (International Piano)
"It's fascinating to chart the evolution of Feinberg's musical identity…Needless to say, the formidable technical demands of Feinberg's piano writing hold no terrors for Marc-André Hamelin who delivers absolutely riveting and immaculately-voiced performances of each work, supported by superbly clear but warmly recorded sound. This release deserves the widest dissemination." BBC Music
"The more notes per second - and Feinberg is up there with the notiest of them - the more the Canadian virtuoso is in his element...Hamelin does far more than tame these pianistic leviathans. He gives them momentum, character and individuality" Gramophone Editor's Choice April 2020
Piano Sonata No 1 in A major Op 1
Piano Sonata No 2 in A minor Op 2
Piano Sonata No 3 in G minor / G sharp minor Op 3
Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat minor Op 6
Piano Sonata No 5 in E minor Op 10
Piano Sonata No 6 in B minor Op 13