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Liszt: 'Works for Two Pianos'

Magazine article Gramophone

Liszt: 'Works for Two Pianos'

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Liszt

'Works for Two Pianos' Concerto pathetique, S268. Grand Concert Piece on Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, S257. Hexameron, S654. Reminiscences de Norma, S655. Reminiscences de Don Juan, S656

Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov CPO [F] CP0777 896-2 (73' * DDD)

Wikipedia describes the Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov as 'a Bulgarian piano duo, considered both by the world music press and the audience one of the world's finest and most successful young ensembles'. I wonder who wrote that ...? Aglika Genova (b1971) and Liuben Dimitrov (b1969) have been playing together for 25 years and, in the UK at least, currently enjoy a very low profile: their only previous appearance in these pages was in November 2010 when I welcomed their performances of Mendelssohn's early two-piano concertos.

The duo's programme makes us, not for the first time, gawp in wonderment at Liszt's industry. Here are but five of his works for two pianos, four of them (sometimes substantial) reworkings of earlier solo works, each page of every score black with notes. The most interesting, in one sense, is the Grand Concert Piece on Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, the only piece here that has no equivalent solo version. …

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