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Stecher & Horowitz Commissions

Brown / Han / Weng
Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Steinway & Sons   Catalog #: 30079  
Composer:  Lowell LiebermannMichael TorkeGabriela Lena FrankAvner Dorman,   ... 
Performer:  Aristo ShamCharlie AlbrightDaniel KimMackenzie Melemed,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, the acclaimed American piano duo known as Stecher & Horowitz since 1951, are equally celebrated in the world of music education. Their biannual New York International Piano Competition has recognized some of the best young pianists of our time. The competition has also commissioned original works from important composers of our day. These works are presented on this album, some for the first time, performed by some of the notable prize-winners of the competition. Also included is the premiere recording of the two-piano version of Walter Piston’s Concerto for Two Pianos, written for Stecher & Horowitz.

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REVIEW:

The performers are young New York
Read more International Piano Competition prize-winners, and to a one they find the music sympathetic. Standouts are Mackenzie Melamed’s performance of Avner Dorman’s Three Etudes, which bring real piano-friendly virtuosity to a modern Ligeti-like idiom, and the Concerto for Two Pianos Soli of Walter Piston, which is richly in need of revival. But the whole program is enjoyable, accessible, and varied. Recommended, with fine Steinway Hall sound.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 131 by Lowell Liebermann
Performer:  Aristo Sham (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Blue Pacific by Michael Torke
Performer:  Charlie Albright (Piano)
Written: by 2007; USA 
3.
Nocturno Nazqueño by Gabriela Lena Frank
Performer:  Daniel Kim (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Etudes (3) for Piano by Avner Dorman
Performer:  Mackenzie Melemed (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Improvisation and Fugue by John Musto
Performer:  Leann Osterkamp (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Suite for Piano by Michael Brown
Performer:  Anna Han (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
7.
Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra by Walter Piston
Performer:  Matthew Graybil (Piano), Larry Weng (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; United States 

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 Exceeded My Expectations July 3, 2018 By Robert Resnikoff (Stamford, CT) See All My Reviews "Sometimes lively, sometimes introspective, and at times deeply moving, these piano works are wonderfully expressive -- especially in the hands of this array of talented pianists, who are obviously deeply connected to the music." Report Abuse
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