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Zoforbit: A Space Odyssey - music for piano 4-hands by Urmas Sisask, Holst, Crumb and David Lang / ZOFO

Album Summary

>Sisask, Urmas : The Milky Way, sonata for 2 pianos, Op. 24
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
>Crumb, George : Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos (IV
>Lang, David : Gravity, for piano, 4 hands
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this third album from GRAMMY® nominated ensemble ZOFO, this critically acclaimed piano duo takes the listener on a metaphorical exploration of the galaxy with mesmerizing, outer space-themed duet works by Gustav Holst, George Crumb, David Lang and Urmas Sisask, preformed on one piano - four hands. Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO, are blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th - 21st century repertoire and commissioning new works.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This the second release from the very talented ZOFO duo to come my way. Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi joined forces as professionals in 2009 and limit themselves to music performed at one piano. The derivation of ZOFO is (ZO=20 and FO=Finger Orchestra), thus meaning 20-finger orchestra. As a computer person, I regularly try to come up with creative, meaningful names and acronyms for data elements; and this one appeals to me a lot. Since I am of the generation that remembers the original 7 astronauts, "one small step for man . . " and the movie 2001-A Space Odyssey, I also liked the concept of this program. The package contains a regular CD, a pure audio Blu-ray disc, and a way to get a digital copy via mShuttle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013).



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Works Details

>Sisask, Urmas : The Milky Way, sonata for 2 pianos, Op. 24
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 80 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Crumb, George : Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos (IV :: Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano, 4 hands)
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Crumb, George : Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos (IV :: Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano, 4 hands)
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Lang, David : Gravity, for piano, 4 hands
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Sisask, Urmas : The Milky Way, sonata for 2 pianos, Op. 24
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 80 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Crumb, George : Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos (IV :: Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano, 4 hands)
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Crumb, George : Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos (IV :: Cosmic Dances for Amplified Piano, 4 hands)
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Lang, David : Gravity, for piano, 4 hands
  • Ensemble: ZOFO Duet (Piano Duet)
  • Notes: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (09/04/2013-09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005