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Antheil, Gulda, Kapustin, Weissenberg
& Weissenberg/Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Hyperion CDA 67656 [69 mins]

A nice recital of jazz-influenced, fully notated music, which Marc-André Hamelin (not an improvising jazz man) suggests should be heard straight through so that the pieces will 'influence each other synergistically', even though that might 'result in overload'...

His comprehensive notes over-state the case for this historical by-way, and themselves carry, in fact, that danger. They are over-inclusive (so often the case these days - how many buyers will read them through?) but the narrative lacks the basics, e.g. dates - most of those though are provided on the back in Hyperion's listing...

An attractive variant on his ever widening repertoire, this is good light entertainment, given with the diligent, perfectly mannered pianism one has grown to expect from Hamelin (q.v. Alkan Piano Music).

Hamelin had to transcribe some Trenet song arrangements from Alex Weissenberg's pseudonymous recording. My favourite amongst the tracks, and the only one I played twice, was Antheil's brief, anarchic Jazz Sonata - you can hear most of it in the samples at http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/hypersearch/al.asp?al=cda67656

Individual tracks will surely find their way into classical disc-jockies' radio programmes?

Peter Grahame Woolf