For her fifth release on BIS Records, 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 Hindemith’s variations or Aaron Copland’s bold and uncompromising proclamation, the album presents a fresh perspective on the genre. Hammond opens with Karol Szymanowski’s Variations on a Polish Theme from 1904, a virtuosic and intensely Romantic outpouring that contrasts strikingly with the wit and irreverence of Helmut Lachenmann’s set on a theme by Schubert. The most recent works in the programme are Harrison Birtwistle’s mercurial elegy and its polar opposite I Still Play, a lyrical waltz composed in 2017 by John Adams.
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Szymanowski - Variations on a Polish Theme, Op. 10
Lachenmann - 5 Variations on a Theme by Franz Schubert
Hindemith - Variations
Gubaidulina - Chaconne
With the permission of BIS Records.
This disc was only possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, The John S Cohen Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, Stradivari Trust, Penny Wright and Andrew Neubauer.