This disc received the 2000 Gramphone magazine award for "Best Instrumental Recording." It also received a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."
Leopold Godowsky's 53 studies on Chopin's Etudes are so incomparably difficult that few pianists have ever had the courage to record them. The famed music critic Harold Schonberg wrote that they were "fantastic exercises that push piano technique to heights undreamed of even by Liszt" and "probably the most impossibly difficult things ever written for the piano." Composed in the 1890s, they were not recorded in their entirety until 1989.
This fact alone would be enough to recommend Marc-Andr������ Hamelin's laser-accurate performance of the complete cycle. But beyond possessing an enormous finger technique (which is non-negotiable with these pieces), Hamelin remarkably allows the listener to push technical concerns aside and thereby enjoy the splendid music-making taking place. In Hamelin's hands, it is truly hard to believe that almost half of these pieces are being executed with the left hand alone. His ability throughout to elicit a singing line from fiendishly complicated textures assures that this recording will find a wide and appreciative audience.

This disc received the 2000 Gramphone magazine award for "Best Instrumental Recording." It also received a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."<BR>Leopold Godowsky's 53 studies on Chopin's Etudes are so incomparably difficult that few pianists have ever had the courage to record them. The famed music critic Harold Schonberg wrote that they were "fantastic exercises that push piano technique to heights undreamed of even by Liszt" and "probably the most impossibly difficult things ever written for the piano." Composed in the 1890s, they were not recorded in their entirety until 1989.<BR>This fact alone would be enough to recommend Marc-Andr������ Hamelin's laser-accurate performance of the complete cycle. But beyond possessing an enormous finger technique (which is non-negotiable with these pieces), Hamelin remarkably allows the listener to push technical concerns aside and thereby enjoy the splendid music-making taking place. In Hamelin's hands, it is truly hard to believe that almost half of these pieces are being executed with the left hand alone. His ability throughout to elicit a singing line from fiendishly complicated textures assures that this recording will find a wide and appreciative audience.

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This disc received the 2000 Gramphone magazine award for "Best Instrumental Recording." It also received a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."Leopold Godowsky's 53 studies on Chopin's Etudes are so incomparably difficult that few p
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L. Godowsky - Godowsky: The Complete Studies on Chopin's Etudes [CD] 03457117411 Music

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Label: Hyperion (Uk)
Format: CD
Release Date: 11 Apr 2000
No. of Discs: 2
UPC: 034571174112

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manufacturer_part_number: GODOWSKY:
Record Label: Hyperion
Brand: RED DISTRIBUTION, INC
Performer: Various Artists
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 3.50 x 5.00 x 0.30 Inches
Release Date: 04/11/2000
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