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'American Intersections' - Works for Two Pianos by Barber, Bolcom, Copland, Rzewski & Adams / Nina Schumann & Luis Magalhães, pianos

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Souvenirs, Op. 28
>Bolcom, William : Recuerdos, for 2 pianos
>Copland, Aaron : El Salón México, for orchestra
>Rzewski, Frederic : Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (version for 2 pianos)
>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording celebrates the diversity of American 20th c. music, from the neo-Romanticism of Samuel Barber to that most influential of American art music developments, minimalism. Its title, 'American Intersections', points toward one of the most commented-upon facets of American musical life: the fact that the country is a melting pot of musical cultures, a crossroads of musical traditions, a colorful tapestry of diverse sounds. This recording features composers who all worked against the backdrop of an increasing tendency toward modernism in European art music. Yet, we find the direct influence of Latin-American and Southern American music; we find direct engagement with the blues tradition, with its origins in the West African slave population; we find a continuation of Romanticism alongside a representative of the modern minimalist style that no composer today can ignore. There is music inspired by daily life at hotels, there is music that is overtly political, there is music that engages with the European tradition and forges it into something totally original. Formed in 1999, the Magalhães-Schumann duo, best known as TwoPianists, has gained comparisons to the fabled piano duos of Ashkenazy- Previn and Argerich-Freire (American Record Guide). Since forming, the TwoPianists duo has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, China and Japan, in addition to numerous performances in their home country of South Africa.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The composers here all hail from the United States, and this is a great representation of American music, in many styles, from the 20th Century. We are consistently reminded of our nation's roots and growth being attributable to the melting pot nature of the people. Our music is here described as an intersection of a variety of styles and influences. Schumann and Magalhaes are one of the premiere piano duo teams today, not only because of their fantastic piano skills, but for their adventuresome and varied repertoire. They have consistently supplied releases that touch on both familiar and relatively unknown music, often presented in rare arrangements. The label TwoPianists is theirs and has expanded over the past several years into a very reliable source of great artists and repertoire, with state of the art sound and consistently high quality booklet essays.

This music takes us to Mexico and South America, a cotton mill in the old south, a ballet of short dance scenes, and a minimalist exploration of the word "Hallelujah" and some of its musical history. In the excellent, substantial booklet essay we are told how all the European musical traditions came to the United States. Here they intersected with Latin and South American styles, as well as the blues tradition that began with the African slave population.

Of course with all of this thought and planning, we have to be presented with exceptional performances - and we are. Each work has come my way at least once before, but Schumann and Magalhaes go immediately to the top of my list as best available.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (06/20/2009); Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (09/08/2014-09/10/2014).



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Souvenirs, Op. 28
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); Nina Schumann (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (09/08/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Bolcom, William : Recuerdos, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); Nina Schumann (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (06/20/2009); Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (09/08/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Copland, Aaron : El Salón México, for orchestra
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); Nina Schumann (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (09/08/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1933-1936

>Rzewski, Frederic : Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (version for 2 pianos)
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); Nina Schumann (Piano)
  • Notes: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University - South Africa (09/08/2014-09/10/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Adams, John : Hallelujah Junction
  • Performers: Luis Magalhaes (Piano); Nina Schumann (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996