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Initially enjoying popularity first in Germany-speaking lands and then in France, the genre of the piano duet (four hands, one piano) went on to blossom in England during the 20th century. On this album Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins present the complete works for piano duet by each of the composers selected. Palm Court Waltz, the Sonatina and Theme and Variations from Lennox Berkeley display Gallic traits, the consequence no doubt of his studies in France and his keen interest in the music of Satie, Ravel and Poulenc. While showing an evolution in the composer's approach to tonality, every hint of seriousness is constantly balanced by elegant playfulness and diaphanous textures. Less well-known than Berkeley, Richard Arnell and Stephen Dodgson nevertheless contribute to the general atmosphere with their unabashedly tonal music that shows the neoclassical influence of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Dodgson's suite Tournament for Twenty Fingers, which gives it's title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Dvorák and Janácek. An outstanding talent, Constant Lambert held jazz in high esteem and his Trois Pièces - written to be played entirely on the piano's white keys - form a high-spirited and heartfelt tribute to it's rhythmical vitality and inventiveness.
Initially enjoying popularity first in Germany-speaking lands and then in France, the genre of the piano duet (four hands, one piano) went on to blossom in England during the 20th century. On this album Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins present the complete works for piano duet by each of the composers selected. Palm Court Waltz, the Sonatina and Theme and Variations from Lennox Berkeley display Gallic traits, the consequence no doubt of his studies in France and his keen interest in the music of Satie, Ravel and Poulenc. While showing an evolution in the composer's approach to tonality, every hint of seriousness is constantly balanced by elegant playfulness and diaphanous textures. Less well-known than Berkeley, Richard Arnell and Stephen Dodgson nevertheless contribute to the general atmosphere with their unabashedly tonal music that shows the neoclassical influence of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Dodgson's suite Tournament for Twenty Fingers, which gives it's title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Dvorák and Janácek. An outstanding talent, Constant Lambert held jazz in high esteem and his Trois Pièces - written to be played entirely on the piano's white keys - form a high-spirited and heartfelt tribute to it's rhythmical vitality and inventiveness.
7318599925783

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Format: CD
Label: BIS
Rel. Date: 07/01/2022
UPC: 7318599925783

Tournament For Twenty Fingers (Hybr)
Artist: Emma Abbate
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1. Palm Court Waltz, Op. 81 No. 2a
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2. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands In E-Flat Major, Op. 39: I. Allegro Moderato
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3. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands In E-Flat Major, Op. 39: II. Andante
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4. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands In E-Flat Major, Op. 39: III. Allegro
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5. Theme & Variations For Piano 4-Hands, Op. 73
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6. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands, Op. 61: I. Andante E Maestoso
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7. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands, Op. 61: II. Allegro
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8. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands, Op. 61: III. Andante
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9. Sonatina For Piano 4-Hands, Op. 61: IV. Poco Presto
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10. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 1: No. 1, Gavotte
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11. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 1: No. 2, Romance
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12. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 1: No. 3, Fantasia In C Minor
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13. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 1: No. 4, Cradle Song
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14. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 1: No. 5, Hill-Billy
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15. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 2: No. 1, Allegretto In F Major
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16. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 2: No. 2, Cradle Song (Extended Version)
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17. Tournament For Twenty Fingers, Pt. 2: No. 3, A Bohemian Entertainment
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18. Sonata For 2 Pianos
19. 3 Pièces Nègres Pour Les Touches Blanches: No. 1, Aubade
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20. 3 Pièces Nègres Pour Les Touches Blanches: No. 2, Siesta
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21. 3 Pièces Nègres Pour Les Touches Blanches: No. 3, Nocturne
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Initially enjoying popularity first in Germany-speaking lands and then in France, the genre of the piano duet (four hands, one piano) went on to blossom in England during the 20th century. On this album Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins present the complete works for piano duet by each of the composers selected. Palm Court Waltz, the Sonatina and Theme and Variations from Lennox Berkeley display Gallic traits, the consequence no doubt of his studies in France and his keen interest in the music of Satie, Ravel and Poulenc. While showing an evolution in the composer's approach to tonality, every hint of seriousness is constantly balanced by elegant playfulness and diaphanous textures. Less well-known than Berkeley, Richard Arnell and Stephen Dodgson nevertheless contribute to the general atmosphere with their unabashedly tonal music that shows the neoclassical influence of Hindemith, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Dodgson's suite Tournament for Twenty Fingers, which gives it's title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Dvorák and Janácek. An outstanding talent, Constant Lambert held jazz in high esteem and his Trois Pièces - written to be played entirely on the piano's white keys - form a high-spirited and heartfelt tribute to it's rhythmical vitality and inventiveness.
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