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Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest, Op 68 B133

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest, Op 68 B133

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From the Bohemian Forest, Op 68 B133.

Piano Trio No 4, 'Dumky', Op 90 B520

Artur Pizarro, Rinaldo Zhok pf

Odradek (F) ODRCD323 (63' * DDD)

Dvorak left a rich legacy of piano duets, wrenching the genre clean out of the salon. As Artur Pizarro and Rinaldo Zhok write: 'Playing piano four hands (even more than performing on two pianos) represents the most profound and complex form of music-making together.' That's certainly the case in the two works on their new disc, but Pizarro and Zhok palpably relish the challenges and their Yamaha is bright and immediate-sounding.

From the Bohemian Forest is rendered with great vividness, be it the insidiously memorable melody of 'In the Spinning-Room' or the 'Witches' Sabbath', which opens with a galumphing rhythm, before the mood darkens and the harmonies become sour and twisted. A number such as 'On the Watch' demands precision-engineered ensemble, which is exactly what Pizarro and Zhok give us, and their elan at the close of this piece is infectious. If 'Silent Woods' will never sound as rapt as it can in Dvorak's later reworking for cello, the last movement, 'In Troubled Times', is impressive for the way the two pianists maintain clarity of texture, despite the extensive use of the keyboard's lower range. …

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