For many of you, this video will serve as an introduction to the pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who was born in Montreal in 1961. Hamelin is an extraordinary virtuoso who has performed and recorded much of the less well-known repertoire, including many works that less technically gifted pianists would not even attempt. Yet, as this video demonstrates, he plays with a musical feeling no less exceptional than his technique.
“Un Sospiro” translates as “The Sigh”. We read on Wikipedia that this etude by Liszt “is a study in crossing hands, playing a simple melody with alternating hands, and arpeggios.” It is also exceptionally beautiful, and though the image quality in this video is not especially good, the sound is excellent.
Though no one should be placed in the position of following Marc-Andre Hamelin, I am happy to present a second performance of “Un Sospiro”, this one featuring my favorite young pianist, Szuyu Su, whom I introduced last month playing Prokofiev’s “Harp” prelude. Rachel, as she likes to be called, is a little older in this video, perhaps 9 years old, and I don’t feel like I’m going out on a limb at all in predicting a brilliant concert career for her in the years ahead.
If you would like to see more of Rachel, you can see all of her YouTube uploads (54 at latest count) here: http://www.youtube.com/user/yw1935