BUSONI / ANTHONY HERSHEL HILL / SATIE / DEBUSSY / CASELLA / POULENC Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown Piano Duo. Somm
Busoni, Anthony Hershel Hill, Satie, Debussy, Casella, Poulenc
Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown Piano Duo
A new release from SOMM to lift our spirits in no uncertain fashion! Distinguished
composer-pianists Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown combined their considerable
talents in 2011, thus forming a piano duo brimming with ideas not only centred
on the classics for piano duo repertoire, but also with a strong commitment
to searching out neglected masterpieces performed to great acclaim in their
various concert tours. They have revived, among others, Debussy's exotic ballet
masterpiece "Khamma". Set in ancient Egypt, it appears here as a first
recording in the version for four hands. British Composer Anthony Herschel Hill
who died last year also features here for the first time with Nocturne, a beautiful
if intense elegy for two pianos, and a tribute to a composer of among many other
works, 24 Symphonies and 14 Concertos whose true worth is yet to be fully appreciated.
Other, no less-important offerings on this disc are Busoni's Fantasia Contrappuntistica, a work of dazzling technical insight composed in 1910 for solo piano and re-arranged in 1921 for two pianos. For all its modernity, Busoni's veneration of Bach becomes apparent in the Fantasia's structure and technique strictly rooted in the antique idioms of Bach. The rebellious, ingenious, subversive Satie provides some light relief with his Trois morceaux en forme de Poire and the Jacobson-Brown Piano Duo contribute yet another unusual collection for piano duet, the Italian Casella's spiky, wayward Pupazzetti ('Puppets') - perhaps a tribute to Stravinsky whose Italian premiere of Petrushka Casella conducted. Finally our two pianists end their hugely entertaining disc with Poulenc, another restless, mischievous spirit whose Sonate for four hands is an enthralling mixture of jazz, Stravinsky, Satie and even Bartok!
|Release Period||December 2017|