|1. Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages', Op. 33: 20 ans. Tres vite|
|2. Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages', Op. 33: 30 ans, Quasi-Faust. Assez vite|
|3. Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages', Op. 33: 40 ans, un menage heureux. Lentement|
|4. Grande Sonate 'Les Quatre Ages', Op. 33: 50 ans, Promethee enchaine. Extremement lent|
|5. Sonatine, Op. 61: Allegro vivace|
|6. Sonatine, Op. 61: Allegramente|
|7. Sonatine, Op. 61: Scherzo-Minuet|
|8. Sonatine, Op. 61: Tempo giusto - Coda|
|9. Barcarolle, Op. 65, No. 6|
|10. Le Festin d'Esope, Op. 39, No. 12|
I must admit, I did laugh at Le Festin de Esope - it is a really humurous work full of interesting variations on an 8 bar theme. His interpretaion of the work is clearly felt and you begin to feel what he feels.
And finally I have to discuss Quasi-Faust, from the Grande Sonata. The technical demands are so extreme, that I'm not surprised it does not get played often. You can hear the difficulties, but Mr Hamelin always has them well within his reach. He can really make you cry as you hear the different, magical melodies being uncovered and the central climax with thos MASSIVE chords is breathtaking!
What amzed me most about this CD is that he reorded it on only 2 days!! How does he do it?? The engineers need to be congratulated and performing the maginificent task of keeping each register of the piano sounding similar. The bass is never too heavy, and I was expecting the sound to become distorted in the climax in Quasi-Faust, but it was just immaculate! Well done!!!!!
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