Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Deutsche Welle Festival: Piano Duos and more

Izabella Simon, Dénes Várjon, Cristine Gerwig, Efraín González Ruano, Yseult Jost, and Domingos Costa entertain us with music for piano, four hands and eight hands.

Listening to the piano adaptations of pieces like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, you might just hear things your ear has gotten used to ignoring in the original. We have three fascinating piano duos with original works and adaptations, familiar and unfamiliar pieces – and a whole lotta notes.

 

 

Izabella Simon & Dénes Várjon

Izabella Simon & Dénes Várjon Photo: Felvegi Andrea focuspoint

Izabella Simon & Dénes Várjon have also been guests in New Zealand at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson.

Programme:

SCHUMANN arr Debussy: Six Studies in Canonic Form Op 56 (1, 2);

BARTOK: Mikrokosmos (1, 2, 3, 7);

KURTAG: Flowers we are, mere flowers (Games I); BACH/KURTAG: Chorale, Out of the depths I cry to you BWV 687; KURTAG: Prelude and Choral (Games IV); BACH/KURTAG: Sonatina from God's Time is the best of times BWV 106; KURTAG: Waltz (Games II); KURTAG: Hommage to Kurtág Márta (Games III); KURTAG: Angry Chorale (Games IV); BACH/KURTAG: Chorale O Lamb of God, Innocent BWV deest; KURTAG: Hommage to Farkas Ferenc (2) Scraps of a colinda melody - faintly recollected;

BEETHOVEN: Grosse Fuge in Bb Op 134, for piano four hands;

SMETANA: Sonata in one movement  in E minor for eight hands at two pianos;

REVUELTAS/GONZALES: Sensemayá for eight hands at two pianos;

BEETHOVEN/BURCHARD: Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 for eight hands at two pianos

Izabella Simon, Dénes Várjon, Cristine Gerwig, Efraín González Ruano, Yseult Jost, Domingos Costa (pianos)

Recorded in Grand Hotel on the Petersburg, Bonn (Deutsche Welle)