Review: Piano Modern Recital

– Works by Novák and Tchesnokov. 65mins.

The French pianist Patrick Hemmerlé, who was born in Kuala Lumpur and currently lives in Cambridge, has embarked on a series with IndeSens, entitled ‘ Piano Modern recital’. The first issue begins with the tone poem ‘Pan’ by the Czech composer Viteslav Novák (1870-1949). Novak also produced an orchestral version of this piano,piece and both versions have been recorded several times before. The work oscillates between delicacy and passion, and in this recording by Patrick Hemmerlé is played very evocatively, as the pianist gives full expression to its bold harmonic developments.

Remy Franck

– Works by Novák and Tchesnokov. 65mins.
 
La fresque Pan, “poème sonore” de cinquante-cinq minutes composé en 1910 par le Tchèque Vitezslav Novak (1970-1949). est un oeuvre rare, à peine plus connue dans sa version orchestrale – ultérieure. Une sorte doe Daphnis et Chloé sans toute la magie ravélienne mais animée d’un flux long et profond, assez envoûtant, pour peu qu’on se laisse envelopper par les ramifications de cette ode à la nature.
Pianiste né en 1981, jusqu’à présent discret, Patrick Hemmerlé impressionne par sa maîtrise du temps musical et séduit par sa manière de déployer les sonorités.
The Pan fresco, a 55 minute “sound poem” composed in 1910 by the Czech Vitezlav Novák (1879-1949) is a rare work, hardly better known in its orchestral- later version. A kind of Daphnis and Chloë without all the Ravelian magic but animated by a long and deep flow, quite bewitching, if we let ourselves be enveloped by the ramifications of this ode to nature.
Born in 1981, the pianist Patrick Hemmerlé, always playing with discretion, impresses us with his mastery of musical tempo and seduces us with his way of managing tonal sonorities.