Clare Hammond: Variations | BIS BIS2493

Clare Hammond: Variations


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2493

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th March 2021



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 Hindemithís Variations or Aaron Coplandís bold and uncompromising proclamation, the disc presents a fresh perspective on the genre. Hammond opens with Karol Szymanowskiís Variations on a Polish Theme from 1904, a virtuosic and intensely Romantic outpouring that contrasts strikingly with the wit and irreverence of Helmut Lachenmannís set on a theme by Schubert. The most recent works in the programme are Harrison Birtwistleís mercurial elegy and its polar opposite I Still Play, a lyrical waltz composed in 2017 by John Adams.

Described as Ďa star interpreter of contemporary musicí (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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