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Rachmaninoff: Piano Duets - Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for 2 pianos, Opp. 5 & 17; Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. Hélène Mercier & Louis Lortie, pianos

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 1 ("Fantaisie-tableaux") for 2 pianos in G minor, Op. 5
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 2 for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 17
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
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Notes & Reviews:

Twenty five years after their last recording of piano duets on Chandos, the Canadien pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier return in a watershed collection of magnificently played duets by Rachmaninoff including the two suites and an arrangement for his Symphonic Dances. The Lortie/Mercier piano duo have known one another since their early teens, and have a considerable collaborative discography that showcases their affinity for the art of 4 hands and 2 pianos performances and repertoire.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2015
[Mercier] has a chameleon-like ability to blend, spar or float in and out of focus as the need arises... [their choice of instruments] allow one to hear the inner workings of these busy scores in crisp detail and bright, resonant colours.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/05/2014-12/07/2014).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 1 ("Fantaisie-tableaux") for 2 pianos in G minor, Op. 5
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite no 2 for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 17
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Performers: Louis Lortie (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (12/05/2014-12/07/2014)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1940