Hamelin Plays Franck’s Symphonic Variations

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Hamelin Plays Franck’s Symphonic Variations

Recorded April 24, 2014

Description

Marc-André Hamelin is the soloist in in this 2014 performance of Franck's Symphonic Variations — essentially a one movement piano concerto, from a stentorian introduction through a conversation between soloist and orchestra to a glittering coda. Sir Andrew Davis conducts; Alec Baldwin is your host.

Program

Franck

Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

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Artists

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000, and in January 2013 he began his term as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2012–13 Lyric Opera season he conducts R. Strauss’s Elektra, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Massenet’s Werther, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Other 2012–13 engagements include the BBC, Cincinnati, Detroit, Melbourne, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Opéra Bastille; Dvořák’s Rusalka at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Britten’s Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Sir Andrew has conducted all of the world’s major ensembles, from the Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as at opera houses and festivals throughout the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Bayreuth Festival. He has an extensive discography on the Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics International, Capriccio, EMI, and CBS labels, among others. He currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.

Sir Andrew’s recording of Bowen’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Orchestral Performance. His 2008 recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with violinist James Ehnes and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra (Onyx Classics) won Gramophone’s Best Concerto award. Recordings in 2007 included Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with violinist Min-Jin Kym and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Sony); Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Yundi Li and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon); and a solo recital of operatic favorites with soprano Nicole Cabell and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca), which in 2008 won the Solti Prize from the Académie du Disque Lyrique.

Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Sir Andrew studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before later studying conducting. His diverse repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary works, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic, operatic, and choral worlds. In 1992 Sir Andrew was named a Commander of the British Empire for his services to British music, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

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Marc-André Hamelin

Piano

Marc-André Hamelin

Piano

Marc-André Hamelin

Piano

Four different multi-concert series celebrate pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s artistry worldwide during the 2013–14 season: the Celebrity Series of Boston, San Francisco Performances, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Antwerp’s deSingel. Highlighting diverse repertoire and interests, he will perform in solo recitals and collaborate with guest artists, including the Pacifica and Takács quartets, violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinetist Martin Fröst, and pianist Emanuel Ax. Additional recital highlights include performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Washington Performing Arts Society, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Munich’s Herkulessaal, and Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ.

This season he performs the world premiere of a piano concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He will also perform with the New York Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Labadie, London Symphony Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä, the WDR Sinfonieorchester with Andris Nelsons, Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and a European tour with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano.

Mr. Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent release features late piano works of Busoni, which follows an acclaimed disc of Haydn concertos with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie. Other recent releases include three double-disc sets of Haydn sonatas; a solo disc of works by Liszt; and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critics’ Award Association. The Hamelin études are published by Edition Peters.

His complete Hyperion discography includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann.

Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

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