On his first night of his Portland Piano International performances, renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin will open our 2019-2020 season with gorgeous repertoire. One of those pieces will be Robert Schumann's Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17.
Though written in 1836, it was revised prior to publication in 1839 and dedicated to Hungarian master composer and musician Franz Liszt. It is generally described as one of Schumann's greatest works for solo piano, and is one of the central works of the early Romantic period. It is in a loose sonata form with three movements: The first movement is rhapsodic and passionate; the middle movement is a grandiose rondo based on a majestic march, with episodes that recall the emotion of the first movement; and the finale is slow and meditative.
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 is also the opening piece in Mr. Hamelin’s Hyperion album (February 2001) of Robert Schumann’s works. According to The Sunday Times, “Hamelin brings a transcendental technique and passionate romantic temperament to music that, more often than not, is the preserve of pianistic intellectuals and poets. But his performances of the great C Major Fantasy and the Symphonic Studies are not merely exercises in virtuosity. His astounding feats of dexterity and dazzling spectrum of colour are constantly put to the service of the music.”
According to Hyperion, “Marc-André Hamelin has lived with these works for many years, and has made something of a speciality of the C Major Fantasy, which he has played many times in concert.”
We are excited that this wonderful work is performed in-person by Mr. Hamelin. Please join us on OCT 5 / 6 as he kicks off our 2019-2020 SOLO season in Portland. Single tickets and subscriptions are available.