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Tournament for Twenty Fingers - piano duets

Catalogue numberBIS-2578 SACD
Release date2022-07-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time69:47

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 its title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Dvořák and Janáček. 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 its rhythmical vitality and inventiveness.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Berkeley, Sir Lennox
01 Palm Court Waltz, Op.81 No. 2 04:02 $ 1.00 USD
  Sonatina in E flat major, Op.39 08:53
02 I. Allegro moderato 03:03 $ 0.75 USD
03 II. Andante 02:51 $ 0.70 USD
04 III. Allegro 02:59 $ 0.75 USD
05 Theme and Variations, Op.73 07:39 $ 1.88 USD
  Composer: Arnell, Richard
  Sonatina, Op.61 08:08
06 Sonatina, Op.61 00:57 $ 0.23 USD
07 II. Allegro 02:15 $ 0.55 USD
08 III. Andante 02:22 $ 0.58 USD
09 IV. Poco presto 02:34 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Dodgson, Stephen
  Tournament for Twenty Fingers 21:15
10 Gavotte 01:22 $ 0.34 USD
11 Romance 02:55 $ 0.71 USD
12 Fantasia in C minor 02:38 $ 0.65 USD
13 Cradle Song 01:27 $ 0.36 USD
14 Hill-Billy 01:54 $ 0.48 USD
15 Allegretto in F 01:42 $ 0.42 USD
16 Cradle Song (extended version) 02:00 $ 0.50 USD
17 A Bohemian Entertainment 07:17 $ 1.78 USD
18 Sonata for pianoforte duet 08:41 $ 2.13 USD
  Composer: Lambert, Constant
  Trois Pièces nègres pour les touches blanches 08:42
19 Aubade 02:18 $ 0.57 USD
20 Siesta 03:36 $ 0.88 USD
21 Nocturne 02:48 $ 0.79 USD
  Album total 69:47
PianoAbbate, Emma
Perkins, Julian
ComposerArnell, Richard
Berkeley, Sir Lennox
Dodgson, Stephen
Lambert, Constant

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