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Mosh Pit / Zofo [CD & Blu-Ray Audio]

Gershwin / Zofo
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92167   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George GershwinConlon NancarrowJohn CoriglianoSamuel Barber,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

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Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi put their considerable keyboard skills to the test in an exciting, in-depth exploration of dance-inspired duet compositions by six distinctly American voices of the twentieth century – George Gershwin, Conlon Nancarrow, Allen Shawn, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Paul Schoenfield. With pieces ranging from waltz to tango to boogie and beyond, ZOFO’s high energy interpretations beg the question: Shall we dance? The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

One of a
Read more rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing exclusively on piano duets, ZOFO is rediscovering and energetically performing hidden gems of the traditional one-piano-four-hands repertoire, along with a strong dedication to 20th and emerging 21st century works. As innovators in the genre, ZOFO also performs heart pumping one-piano-four-hands arrangements of famous orchestral pieces, such as Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cuban Overture by George Gershwin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
2.
Sonatina for Piano by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Mexico 
3.
Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
4.
Souvenirs, Op. 28 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
5.
Dance Portraits (3) for Piano 4 hands by Allen Shawn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
6.
Five Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive by Paul Schoenfield
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Exciting performances of works for one piano, fou July 29, 2013 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This disc consists of works by Gershwin, Nancarrow, Barber, Corigliano, Shawn, and Schoenfield. Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”, most familiar to this listener in its symphonic form, was transcribed by the composer for piano four-hands. And the performance here is stellar – it is exciting and enjoyable. Nancarros’ “Sonatina” is a real rhythmic challenge for both the performer and the listener. It is evident how difficult this piece is to play. Barber’s “Sourvenirs (Op. 28)” is a treat – the playing is evocative and captivating, particularly in the 3rd movement “Pas De Deux”. Corigliano’s “Gazebo Dances”, originally written as a set of piano pieces for four-hands, is just charming from the opening Overture all the way through to the closing Tarantella. Allen Shawn’s “Three Dance Portraits” is a neat and satisfying work, both punch and evocative, and is an example of a piece that sounds relatively simple but is truly challenging for the pianists to pull off – and Nakagoshi and Zimmermann do so marvelously. Unfortunately, the final work on the recording, Schoenfield’s “Five Days From The Life Of A Manic Depressive”, while obviously very difficult to play, was somewhat less than satisfying for this listener. The work is evocative as the title suggests, but is not exactly pleasing music. The well-written liner notes indicate that the piece was written during a particularly difficult time in the composer’s life, and you can certainly hear that as the work unfolds. The Sono Luminus label has provided both a conventional CD as well as a Blu-Ray audio CD, and the sound quality on both is fantastic. While I don’t normally gravitate toward recordings of piano for four-hands, with the exception of the last piece I very much enjoyed this disc. Strongly recommended." Report Abuse
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