Performed by The Davies Duo, this reissued collection of Four Hand Favourites features works by Mozart, Czerny, Mendelssohn, German and Faure.
Helen and Harvey Davies have worked together as a mother-and-son piano duo since 1992. Having played duets together since Harvey was a child, they decided to work together professionally in the early 1990s and developed a large repertoire of standard four-hand works as well as rediscovering many long-forgotten early Romantic works by composers such as Czerny and Hummel. This is work that the Duo continue to this day and indeed this CD features the world première recording of Czerny's Fantasy on Scottish folk tunes, Op. 467.
Their work as duettists has established them as exponents of contemporary British music. Composers who have written for the Davies Duo include Nicola Lefanu, Richard Stoker, Jeffrey Lewis, John Metcalf, Bill Connor, Brian Hughes, and the Australian composer James Ledger. Pwyll ap Sion composed Emyn for the Duo and it received its first performance at Dolgellau Music Club. In 2004, the year of his 75th birthday, Alun Hoddinott wrote a sonata for them, which was one of the composer's final works.