Musical compositions for piano duet certainly exist, yet they are limited. As such, some performers have resorted to arranging colorful and rich orchestral works to be performed by duo pianos.
Let me share with you one such new recording today:
“Colors” brings us the following selections:
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
All of the above works arr. for piano duet and performed by Tal and Groethuysen (piano duet)
The piano duo Tal & Groethuysen has thrilled classical music audiences for more than 30 years. They have received innumerable accolades worldwide for their recordings with Sony Classical, including five ECHO Klassik Music Awards, nine German Record Critics’ Prizes, and the Cannes Classical Award.
They have recorded Debussy’s famous orchestral works Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and La Mer in four-hand versions full of evocative colour, the first arranged by the composer himself and the second in a reduction for four hands by André Caplet.
The duo also chose works by Richard Strauss for this album: the “Dance of the Seven Veils” from the opera Salome and the “Waltz Sequence” from the “Rosenkavalier” in arrangements by Johannes Doebber and Victor Babin.
They have also recorded the famous symphonic poem Till Eulenspiegel by Strauss arranged for four hands by Otto Singer. A fascinating recording presenting well-known romantic pieces in amazing arrangements, allowing them to be heard in a new light.
Here are the piano duo Tal & Groethuysen in the music of Brahms: