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Zoforbit - A Space Odyssey / Zofo Duet [2 CDs & 1 Blu-ray Audio]


Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92178   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstUrmas SisaskGeorge CrumbDavid Lang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 1 blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and 1 standard CD playable on all CD players.

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In this third album from GRAMMY® nominated ensemble ZOFO, the critically acclaimed piano duo takes the listener on a metaphorical exploration of the galaxy with mesmerizing, outer space-themed duet works by four noted composers of the 20th and 21st centuries - Gustav Holst, George Crumb, David Lang and Urmas Sisask preformed on one piano - four hands.

Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO - have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Osaka, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic
Read more programming for piano-four-hands. This prize winning Steinway Artist ensemble - one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets - is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.

ZOFORBIT takes the listener on an intragalactic voyage through the Milky Way, with musical visits to the planets of our solar system, to bright stars of the galaxy, and back again. Estonian composer Urmas Sisask sets the mood with the other-worldly sounds of his composition The Milky Way, featuring innovative inside and outside the piano techniques that evoke a sense of the cosmos. The journey continues with a tour of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and visits to the stars Alpha Centauri and Beta Cygni as musically envisioned by George Crumb in his one-piano-four-hands masterpiece Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV). The space exploration concludes with David Lang’s Gravity, which metaphorically coaxes the listener back to earth in slow-moving patterns of descending notes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
2.
Sonata for Piano 4 hands, Op. 24 "The Milky Way" by Urmas Sisask
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
3.
Celestial Mechanics "Makrokosmos no 4": Alpha Centauri by George Crumb
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
4.
Celestial Mechanics "Makrokosmos no 4": Beta Cygni by George Crumb
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
5.
Gravity by David Lang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet

Sound Samples

Sonata for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 24, "The Milky Way": I. -
Sonata for Piano 4 Hands, Op. 24, "The Milky Way": II. -
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): I. Mars, the Bringer of War
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): VI. Uranus, the Magician
The Planets, Op. 32 (arr. for piano 4 hands): VII. Neptune, the Mystic
Celestial Mechanics, "Makrokosmos IV": I. Alpha Centauri
Celestial Mechanics, "Makrokosmos IV": II. Beta Cygni
Gravity

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