Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands

Dorian Sono Luminus: DSL92151

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Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands

Catalogue No:

DSL92151

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th March 2012

Barcode:

0053479215123

Length:

67 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands


Bernstein:

Candide - Overture

arr. by Charlie Harmon

Debussy:

6 Epigraphes antiques

Shapero:

Sonata for Piano Four Hands

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


ZOFO duet

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Musical compatriots. Collaborators. Teachers. Friends. Pianists. These are the links that bound the four remarkable 20th century composers, whose one-piano-four-hands works are brought together by Sono Luminus on this first CD from the dynamic ZOFO duet. Whether performing public duet concerts together or using the piano four-hands form to explore their symphonic visions, Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy and Stravinsky all understood the musical power of sharing the bench.

When internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi joined forces to form ZOFO duet in the spring of 2009, their goal was to explore and enrich the one-piano-four-hands repertoire by performing and recording existing and new works at the highest level of musical excellence. The pieces they chose for their first public performance as a professional ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory in the fall of 2009 were by Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky – four highly influential composers of the 20th century who knew each other, learned from each other, sometimes performed together, and embraced the piano four - hands form. Since their concert debut in 2009 ZOFO has performed dozens of concerts with repertoire ranging from Johannes Brahms to Tomohiro Moriyama, and in venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall to Osaka Japan. But for this, their first CD, Eva-Maria and Keisuke return to the four composers and magnificent pieces that launched them on their career as ZOFO duet.

Leonard Bernstein: Candide: Overture (arr. C. Harmon)

Overture

Harold Shapero: Piano Sonata for 4 hands

I. Very slowly

II. Slowly

III. Fast

Claude Debussy: 6 Epigraphes antiques

No. 1. Pour invoquer Pan

No. 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom

No. 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice

No. 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales

No. 5. Pour l'egyptienne

No. 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin

Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (version for piano 4 hands)

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage

Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth

Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction

Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls

Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One

Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors

Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors

Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance

MusicWeb International

April 2013

“[The Rite] is less colorful than the “customary” orchestral version, but the effect is no less profound. The intrinsic rhythmic details are more starkly exposed in the more percussive piano presentation...there is no danger of the percussive keyboard impacts getting on your nerves. Overall, this is a very good disc.”

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