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Etude

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Catalogue numberBIS-2004 SACD
Release date2015-01-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time67:22

Opus d'Or, Opus HD Magazine
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“It is a gloriously creative programme and Hammond pulls it off without succumbing to any temptations of overt 'flashiness' or bombastic technical showing off; instead she favours precision, clarity and seriousness of purpose. …a terrific achievement and the repertoire is fresh and fantastic.” BBC Music Magazine; “Hammond plays with unfaltering bravura and conviction, and she has been superbly recorded.” Gramophone

As Clare Hammond writes in the liner notes to her thought-provoking selection of piano études, the genre, at its best, ‘combines the visceral excitement of technical display with expressive, coloristic and compositional ingenuity’. Opening with three studies from Sergei Lyapunov’s 12 Études d’exécution transcendante, composed around the turn of the last century, the programme demonstrates the tremendous developments that have taken place in writing for the piano over the past 120 years. Lyapunov modelled his ample études directly on Liszt’s set with the same title, and they epitomise the drama and passion of late Romanticism, fused with a distinctly Russian colour. In comparison, Szymanowski’s set of 12 Studies, written in 1916, are miniatures whose mercurial timbres and fleet textures suggest an affinity with Debussy’s études, composed one year earlier. ‘Twelve small piano pieces forming one whole, interesting technically, difficult’ is how Szymanowski described the set to his publisher. Born in the same year that Szymanowski died, Nikolai Kapustin initially set out to become a classical pianist, but at the age of 16 began to study jazz. In his early twenties he decided to focus on composition, and the Five Études in Different Intervals are characteristic of his output in that they fuse formal classical structures with jazz idioms. Of the four composers represented on this disc, Unsuk Chin is the only one who never trained as a pianist. Her six Études, the most recent set on this disc, are natural successors to those by Ligeti with whom Chin studied and reflect her fascination with virtuosity and the playful side of music-making.
 
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  Composer: Lyapunov, Sergei Mikhailovich
  from 12 Études d’exécution transcendante 16:43
01 Étude IV. Térek. Allegro impetuoso (1900) 04:03 $ 0.49 USD
02 Étude V. Nuit d’été. Lento ma non troppo (1900) 08:25 $ 1.01 USD
03 Étude VI. Tempête. Allegro agitato molto (1897) 04:15 $ 0.51 USD
 
 
  Composer: Chin, Unsuk
  Piano Études (1995–2003) 18:37
04 I. in C 03:17 $ 0.39 USD
05 II. Sequenzen 02:40 $ 0.32 USD
06 III. Scherzo ad libitum 03:09 $ 0.38 USD
07 IV. Scalen 02:48 $ 0.34 USD
08 V. Toccata 02:45 $ 0.33 USD
09 VI. Grains 03:58 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Szymanowski, Karol
  12 Studies, Op.33 (1916) 13:53
10 1. Presto 01:16 $ 0.15 USD
11 2. Andantino soave 01:22 $ 0.16 USD
12 3. Vivace assai 00:36 $ 0.07 USD
13 4. Presto 01:24 $ 0.17 USD
14 5. Andante espressivo 00:56 $ 0.11 USD
15 6. Vivace 00:34 $ 0.07 USD
16 7. Allegro molto 00:49 $ 0.10 USD
17 8. Lento assai mesto 01:46 $ 0.21 USD
18 9. Animato 00:59 $ 0.12 USD
19 10. Presto. Tempestoso 01:04 $ 0.13 USD
20 11. Andante soave 01:30 $ 0.18 USD
21 12. Presto 01:37 $ 0.19 USD
 
 
  Composer: Kapustin, Nicolai
  Five Études in Different Intervals, Op.68 (1992) 16:19
22 1. Allegro [In minor seconds] 03:23 $ 0.41 USD
23 2. Allegro [In fourths] 03:04 $ 0.37 USD
24 3. Animato [In sixths] 02:42 $ 0.32 USD
25 4. Vivace [In major seconds] 03:10 $ 0.38 USD
26 5. Animato [In octaves] 04:00 $ 0.48 USD
 
  Album total 67:22
ComposerChin, Unsuk
Kapustin, Nicolai
Lyapunov, Sergei Mikhailovich
Szymanowski, Karol
PianoHammond, Clare

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