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#2223396 - 01/30/14 11:38 PM Interview with Marc-André Hamelin
vlhorowitz Offline
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Registered: 09/29/07
Posts: 290
Hi, Everyone,

Hope you've all had a great week. Here is our latest interview with the Canadian pianist, Marc-André Hamelin. Here, he explains his musical background, his technical development, matters of repertoire, and composition.

As always, many thanks for reading smile

http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-pianist-marc-andr-hamelin

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#2223523 - 01/31/14 09:12 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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Another fantastic interview. These are, collectively, really turning into a substantial body of work.

You didn't ask Hamelin about which Chopin etude he has the most trouble with!


-J
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Chopin: first Ballade; Mozart: D minor concerto;

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#2223530 - 01/31/14 09:32 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
Dwscamel Offline
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Thank you for posting this! Now I really want to check out the two exercise books he mentions . . . hmmm.

By the way, for whoever wrote it: you missed a comma between "Rachmaninoff" and "Godowsky" smile.

Good interview.

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#2223770 - 01/31/14 05:56 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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Of all the pianists that have been interviewed, Hamelin is, by far, the one who comes closest to saying what I want to hear. He uses his enormous technical chops in service to presenting rarely-heard literature, and freely admits that his intention is to entice other compatriots to expand their repertoire -- something that I think is sorely needed in the piano world. I also love how he gives special prominence to the composer: I too think that the special delight in traversing piano literature is determining the uniqueness of each perspective -- and recognizing that there are implications beyond the printed notes and directives. An especially great interview!

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#2223854 - 01/31/14 08:10 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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Looks like an interesting interview but couldn't make it past the first paragraph on account of all the pop-up and/or noisy ads frown
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#2223883 - 01/31/14 09:18 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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Strange. I didn't get any ads when I read the interview.
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#2223918 - 01/31/14 11:24 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: hreichgott]
TimV Offline
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I know! I was assaulted with 3 or 4 pop-ups and/or screen-over ads in the first 5 seconds I was on that page. I was on the verge of closing the window and moving on, but they stopped.

It was a really nice read once the torrent subsided.
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#2223923 - 01/31/14 11:37 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
Damon Offline
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Sounds like some of you need to discover 'Adblock'.
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#2223929 - 01/31/14 11:53 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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I love the comments about composition. I agree completely! I've always felt that all musicians should compose and understand theory.
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#2224348 - 02/01/14 07:17 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
Jonathan Baker Offline
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This past Monday I listened to Mr. Hamelin play this program at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall). I was intrigued by his own Barcarolle which is a haunting wraith-like piece - I would like very much to hear it again. The Medtner E minor Sonata is new to me, and I must give another hearing to absorb it fully - and of course Mr. Hamelin lavished all his musicality and technique in its service. As an encore, Hamelin's own send-up of the Chopin Waltz in D flat was brilliantly witty.

I noticed that I most enjoy Rachmaninoff's recordings when he is playing his own music, and the same holds true for Horowitz and Wild - I remember their performances most electrifying when playing their own arrangements. And of me, this is the case with Mr. Hamelin as well - there is a wonderful extra dimension to his playing when he focuses on his creative output. Other performing pianists really should take note - there is no substitute for creativity in motion.

I admire Mr. Hamelin's calm and dignified composure at the keyboard as well his entrances and exits from the stage. Very classy and manly, with no false swagger. I am not moved by certain younger pianists who appear to be going through violent epileptic seizures with every sforzando, nearly falling backward off the bench. Mr. Hamelin's performance reminded me of the 'old school' master pianists who prided themselves in accomplishing jaw-dropping difficulties while retaining majestic control.
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#2224352 - 02/01/14 07:24 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: Jonathan Baker]
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Originally Posted By: Jonathan Baker
As an encore, Hamelin's own send-up of the Chopin Waltz in D flat was brilliantly witty.

Was it the Minute Waltz in seconds? grin
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#2224370 - 02/01/14 08:04 PM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: Jonathan Baker
As an encore, Hamelin's own send-up of the Chopin Waltz in D flat was brilliantly witty.

Was it the Minute Waltz in seconds? grin


Yes. Very charming.
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#2224486 - 02/02/14 04:52 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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A thoroughly interesting fellow, thanks for the interview!

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#2224587 - 02/02/14 11:27 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: Jonathan Baker]
Dwscamel Offline
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Originally Posted By: Jonathan Baker
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: Jonathan Baker
As an encore, Hamelin's own send-up of the Chopin Waltz in D flat was brilliantly witty.

Was it the Minute Waltz in seconds? grin


Yes. Very charming.


Not when I try to play it laugh.

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#2225622 - 02/04/14 07:13 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: vlhorowitz]
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Thank you very much, vlhorowitz, for one more of your highly interesting interviews!!

By the way (I hope it is ok to mention this in this thread), your interview reminded me of an older, very extensive interview with MAH, back from 2009. Maybe not everyone here has seen this at the time when it came out:

http://dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/interview-with-marcandr%C3%A9-hamelin.html
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#2226302 - 02/05/14 11:58 AM Re: Interview with Marc-André Hamelin [Re: pianovirus]
vlhorowitz Offline
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Thank you all for reading and commenting. He's an incredible artist, and IMHO, a very down-to-earth guy smile

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