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Variations - Clare Hammond

Composer John Adams
Harrison Birtwistle
Aaron Copland
Sofia Gubaidulina
Paul Hindemith
Helmut Lachenmann
Karol Szymanowski
Performer Clare Hammond
Period Modern
Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2493 SACD
EAN 7318599924939
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2021
Total time 70'59


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 album 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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  Karol Szymanowski
  Variations on a Polish Theme, Op. 10 19'09
01 Andante doloroso rubato - Tema 1'48
02 Variations I-V 4'27
03 Variations VI, VII 2'12
04 Variations VIII, IV 3'24
05 Finale. Variation X 7'18
 
 
  Helmut Lachenmann
06 5 Variations on a Theme of Franz Schubert 7'09
 
 
  Harrison Birtwistle
07 Variations from the Golden Mountain 9'23
 
 
  John Adams
08 I Still Play 5'23
 
 
  Aaron Copland
09 Piano Variations 12'15
 
 
  Paul Hindemith
10 Variations 8'01
 
 
  Sofia Gubaidulina
11 Chaconne 9'33
 
  Album total 70'59
ComposerAdams, John
Birtwistle, Harrison
Copland, Aaron
Gubaidulina, Sofia
Hindemith, Paul
Lachenmann, Helmut
Szymanowski, Karol
PianoHammond, Clare

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