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Mosh Pit / Zofo Duet [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

On their album titled Mosh Pit,(a zone of violent collisions during crowded punk-rock concerts), the ZOFO Duet, playing on one piano four hands, brings you exciting arrangements of works by Gershwin, Nancarrow, Corigliano, Barber, Shawn and Schoenfield. This set includes a blu-ray audio CD playable on blu-ray players only and a standard CD playable on all CD players.

On their album titled Mosh Pit,(a zone of violent collisions during crowded punk-rock concerts), the ZOFO Duet, playing on one piano four hands, brings you exciting arrangements of works by Gershwin, Nancarrow, Corigliano, Barber, Shawn and Schoenfield. 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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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

Sound Samples

Cuban Overture (version for piano 4 hands): Cuban Overture (version for piano duet)
Sonatina (arr. K. Nakagoshi and E. Zimmermann): I. Presto
Sonatina (arr. K. Nakagoshi and E. Zimmermann): II. Moderato - Piu allegro
Sonatina (arr. K. Nakagoshi and E. Zimmermann): III. Allegro molto
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): I. Waltz
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): II. Schottische
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): III. Pas de deux
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): IV. Two-Step
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): V. Hesitation-Tango
Souvenirs, Op. 28 (version for piano 4 hands): VI. Galop
Gazebo Dances (version for piano duet): I. Overture
Gazebo Dances (version for piano duet): II. Waltz
Gazebo Dances (version for piano duet): III. Adagio
Gazebo Dances (version for piano duet): IV. Tarantella
3 Dance Portraits: No. 1. Lilting
3 Dance Portraits: No. 2. Grazioso
3 Dance Portraits: No. 3. Hard edged
5 Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive: I. Metamorphoses on I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
5 Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive: II. Labyrinth
5 Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive: III. Elegy
5 Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive: IV. From a Bintel Brief
5 Days from the Life of a Manic Depressive: V. Boogie

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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