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Mozart, Rachmaninov & Others: Works for Piano Duo / Sellick, Smith


Release Date: 07/20/2018 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 3501  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Sebastian BachSergei RachmaninovAnton Arensky,   ... 
Performer:  Phyllis SellickCyril Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cyril Smith (1909-1974) and Phyllis Sellick (1911-2007) both enjoyed successful careers as soloists for many years before they embarked on their career as a duo. Although they had married in 1937, the idea to perform together came not from them, but from Sir Henry Wood- the founder of the famous Promenade Concerts in London- who invited them to play Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” on the opening night of the season of 1941. This event marked not only their duo debut, but also the debut of the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen’s Hall having been destroyed in May of that year by an incendiary bomb. Shortly afterwards the BBC invited them to perform Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for two pianos: it was these two engagements which Read more catalyzed the thought that they should make their duo partnership the priority, although both for some years afterwards continued to accept separate invitations as soloists. This issue features some of the recordings which Phyllis and Cyril made between 1948 and 1956: with the exception of the Rachmaninoff Suite, none has previously been reissued on modern recording means. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K 448 (375a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
4.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 1 in F major, Op. 15: 2nd movement, Waltz by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
5.
Moy Mell "The pleasant plain" by Arnold Bax
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
6.
Scaramouche, Op. 165b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Phyllis Sellick (Piano), Cyril Smith (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 

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