A recent review from the New York Times writer David Allen about pianist / composer Marc-Andre Hamelin’s new version of “Variations on a Theme by Paganini.”
Brahms and Liszt did it. Rachmaninoff did it, writing a rhapsody cum concerto. Lutoslawski did it, first for two pianos, then for piano and orchestra. Virtuosos of a golden age, like Ignaz Friedman, did it. And now Marc-André Hamelin, the prince of pianist-composers today, has done it, too.