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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 185: On Discovering Hidden Classical Gems with Marc-André Hamelin

Oh, a (record) hunting we will go!

Marc-André Hamelin. Photo by Sim Cannety-Clarke.



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Marc-André Hamelin is many things: a renowned pianist, a composer, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a record collector of major proportions. The hands-on, no robots or algorithms, no safety net, digging in dusty bins in record shops variety. In fact, hunting for classical music diamonds in the rough is part of his creative process, and he loves bringing lesser-known works that he finds out into the light before audiences. In this episode, Hamelin talks about how (and why) he finds music that’s new to him, about a few pieces he’s found that he loves, and gives advice on how you, too, can go a-(record)hunting.

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