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Variations - Clare Hammond

Catalogue numberBIS-2493 SACD
Release date2021-02-05
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time70:59

For her fifth release on BIS Clare Hammond has constructed an adventurous programme of twentieth and twenty-first-century variations for piano. From the imposing Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina, to the tender grief of Paul Hindemith’s variations or Aaron Copland’s bold and uncompromising proclamation, the disc presents a fresh perspective on the genre. Hammond opens with Karol Szymanowski’s Variations on a Polish Theme from 1904, a virtuosic and intensely Romantic outpouring that contrasts strikingly with the wit and irreverence of Helmut Lachenmann’s set on a theme by Schubert. The most recent works in the programme are Harrison Birtwistle’s mercurial elegy and its polar opposite I Still Play, a lyrical waltz composed in 2017 by John Adams.

Described as ‘a star interpreter of contemporary music’ (The Observer), Clare Hammond has developed a reputation for imaginative concert programming. As she herself admits in her liner notes, variation form may on the surface appear to be both limiting and limited, but the works she presents here transcend the form in myriad creative, and at times daring, ways.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Szymanowski, Karol
  Variations on a Polish Theme, Op. 10 19:00
01 Andante doloroso rubato - Tema 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
02 Variations I-V 04:27 $ 1.07 USD
03 Variations VI, VII 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
04 Variations VIII, IV 03:24 $ 0.82 USD
05 Finale. Variation X 07:10 $ 1.75 USD
  Composer: Lachenmann, Helmut
06 5 Variations on a Theme of Franz Schubert 07:02 $ 1.72 USD
  Composer: Birtwistle, Harrison
07 Variations from the Golden Mountain 09:19 $ 2.25 USD
  Composer: Adams, John
08 I Still Play 05:15 $ 1.29 USD
  Composer: Copland, Aaron
09 Piano Variations 12:06 $ 2.94 USD
  Composer: Hindemith, Paul
10 Variations 07:56 $ 1.92 USD
  Composer: Gubaidulina, Sofia
11 Chaconne 09:06 $ 2.29 USD
  Album total 70:59
ComposerAdams, John
Birtwistle, Harrison
Copland, Aaron
Gubaidulina, Sofia
Hindemith, Paul
Lachenmann, Helmut
Szymanowski, Karol
PianoHammond, Clare

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