Gustav Holst: The Planets, for piano 4 hands / York2 - Fiona and John York, pianos

Audio Samples

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
>Bowen, York : Suite, for 1 piano, 4-hands, Op. 53
>Bowen, York : Suite no 2, Op. 71
>     3. Finale, Moto perpetuo

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
>Bowen, York : Suite, for 1 piano, 4-hands, Op. 53
>Bowen, York : Suite no 2, Op. 71
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The generative threads of this music were spun at St. Paul's Girls' School on Brook Green in Hammersmith, West London, the elegant Edwardian buildings where Gustav Holst served as the school's first Director of Music from 1905 until his death in 1934. There was a superb female choir on hand, and colleagues he trusted could work from his dictation and try out his new ideas. His bright, soundproof room was where he wrote and rehearsed The Planets before its auspicious public debut in 1918 at the Queen's Hall.

International Record Review
The players conjure up a vast array of sonorities from the stabbing percussive writing of 'Mars', the central hymnal writing of 'Jupiter' - more ruminative and reflective than the norm - while its opening and closing pages present a virtuosic and intricate patchwork of diverse and wide-ranging figurations...These scores rejoice in the sonorities of the piano and they are laden with the richness of harmony and warmth of tone that is so characteristic of Bowen.

Classic FM Magazine
[York2] create such magical, velvet-toned sonorities - especially potent in Venus and Saturn - that the senses are consistently beguiled. They also unearth all manner of ear-tweaking details which often lie hidden within the orchestra's assembled ranks. The unmistakably pianistic figurations of Bwen's piano duets come tripping off the fingers in these highly expert performances.



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
  • Performers: John York (Piano); Fiona York (Piano)
  • Ensemble: York2 (Piano Duo)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Bowen, York : Suite, for 1 piano, 4-hands, Op. 53
  • Performers: John York (Piano); Fiona York (Piano)
  • Ensemble: York2 (Piano Duo)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Suite no 2, Op. 71 :: 3. Finale, Moto perpetuo
  • Performers: John York (Piano); Fiona York (Piano)
  • Ensemble: York2 (Piano Duo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern