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Composer: Hamelin, Marc-André (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityCanada
PeriodContemporary
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BaltimorePacifica Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Pacifica Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Beethoven, Hamelin, Schumann
Pacifica Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin
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Enterprising programme from Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Playing of fearsome technique with fearless regard to the music's demands made for an impressive recital. 
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Pianist Chi Ho Han tackles musical Alps in Ernen

Chi Ho San © Sarah Batschelet
Korean pianist Chi Ho Han recently gave a compelling recital of both classical and contemporary work in an alpine setting that is second to none.
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Marc-André Hamelin at Carnegie Hall

Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Marc-André Hamelin plays Schubert, and premieres two works never before heard at Carnegie Hall: his own Barcarolle, and a Medtner sonata composed a century ago.
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Darkness visible: Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Canetty-Clarke
I have commented before about Marc-André Hamelin’s ability to tackle anything the piano repertoire can throw at him: the craggy, disparate edifice of Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX, Villa-Lobos’ savage Rudepoema, the mannered classicism of Haydn, and the sweeping romanticism of Liszt.
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Hamelin, the technician, at Chicago Symphony Center

Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Anyone who knows the name Marc-André Hamelin will know him foremost for his technique. It is, to use a crude expression, what his brand is built upon.
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