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Bill Hopkins - Complete Piano Music
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WWE 1CD 20042

Bill Hopkins
Complete Piano Music

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Sous-structures 09:26 Share
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Etudes en série- 1er Cahier I (one) 02:12 Share
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II (may) 04:20 Share
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III (know) 06:10 Share
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IV (grief) 04:24 Share
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2e Cahier - V (in) 06:16 Share
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VI (her) 07:32 Share
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3e Cahier - VII (white) 01:18 Share
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VIII (involute) 13:26 Share
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IX (portal) 03:16 Share
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Ebauches- ii 01:27 Share
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iii 00:32 Share
Total Time 01:00:19
Digital Booklet - only with album
The English composer Bill Hopkins died in 1981 at the age of 37, leaving behind a handful of pieces in a hyper-intense, angular, dissonant style, of which the Études en serie is the biggest and most impressive. One’s first impression is of a nervy, pointilliste style not far from early Boulez, but these pieces soon reveal a peculiar anguished uncertainty, a kind of groping for musical sense, that is miles away from Boulez’s confident, brusque assertiveness. One of Hopkins’s mentors was Samuel Beckett, and his music has a similar tragi-comic awareness of the impossibility of expression - notes fail Hopkins, just as words kept failing Beckett (it could be the other way round, of course, and the booklet notes poignantly reveal that in the end, Hopkins thought the failure was indeed his own).

These difficult pieces receive performances of the utmost commitment and sensitivity from Nicolas Hodges. He knows how to give an obscure tangle of notes a vivid, almost sculptural shape, and he knows exactly when to bring out the half-hidden rhymes, repetitions and parallelisms that hold the music together. The recorded sound is excellent; clear, but with enough warmth to bring out the music’s subtle use of lingering piano resonances.


Nicolas Hodges, piano

1CD

Instrumental

Piano

Contemporary

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