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Paderewski Memorial Concert
MOZART Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576
HAMELIN Pavane Variée (2014)
DEBUSSY Images, Book Two
SCHUBERT Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960
“I am not aware of a greater marriage of intellect and sensuality,” Canadian-born Marc-André Hamelin once said of the music of Claude Debussy. Fittingly, the pianist himself has been praised in The New Yorker for “monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deepthinking approach;” Alex Ross also called Hamelin’s hands “among the wonders of the musical world.” You might expect one of the great pianists of our time to work his way through all the time-honored piano concertos, but Hamelin seems more interested in dark horses than warhorses, and delights in discovering works by such little-known composers as Georgy Catoire, Xaver Scharwenka and Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. In Princeton, he will play works spanning four centuries by composers of somewhat greater renown: Mozart, Schubert, Debussy… and Hamelin (2013). Responding to the annoyance of having a cellphone interrupt a recital by pianist Hamelin, composer Hamelin of the devilish sense of humor penned the Valse Irritation d’aprés Nokia—so bring your own sense of humor along to this magnificent artist’s recital.
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