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Martinu, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Stravinsky: Concertos for Two Pianos / Bizjak Piano Duo; Stuttgart PO; Szulc

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra, H. 292
>Stravinsky, Igor : Sonata for 2 pianos
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concertino for 2 pianos, Op. 94
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

Since winning two prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in 2005, Serbian sisters Sanja and Lidija Bizjak have achieved worldwide praise for their solo piano and piano duo performances alike. For their debut recording on Onyx, they have created a superb program underpinned by two brilliant concertos for two pianos and orchestra by Poulenc and Martinu. These major works frame equally challenging compositions for two pianos alone by Stravinsky and Shostakovich.

The Arts Desk, 11th April 2015
Wonderful stuff - an exciting, breezy recording of everyone's favourite concerto for two pianos... A magnificently enjoyable disc.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Martinu's music sparkles under the Bizjacks' fingers ... In the Poulenc Double Concerto, the soloists and the Stuttgart Philharmonic under Radoslaw Szulc bring all the fun of the fair to the exuberant opening movement ... A disc that looks like it will be coming round for further mentions in the Awards season.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
An excellent programme of 20th-century pieces for two pianos from this impressive duo of sisters. The lively textures and contrasts bound to life, with grit and delicacy. Strong support from the orchestra and Szulc.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gustav-Siegle Haus, Stuttgart (09/22/2014-09/27/2014).



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Concerto for 2 pianos & orchestra, H. 292
  • Performers: Lidija Bizjak (Piano); Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Radoslaw Szulc
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Philharmonic
  • Notes: Gustav-Siegle Haus, Stuttgart (09/22/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Stravinsky, Igor : Sonata for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Lidija Bizjak (Piano); Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Bizjak Piano Duo
  • Notes: Gustav-Siegle Haus, Stuttgart (09/22/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concertino for 2 pianos, Op. 94
  • Performers: Lidija Bizjak (Piano); Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
  • Notes: Gustav-Siegle Haus, Stuttgart (09/22/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1953

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
  • Performers: Lidija Bizjak (Piano); Sanja Bizjak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Radoslaw Szulc
  • Notes: Gustav-Siegle Haus, Stuttgart (09/22/2014-09/27/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932