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Poulenc, Milhaud, Bartók: Concertos for Two Pianos

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
>Milhaud, Darius : Concerto, for 2 pianos & 4 percussionists no 2, Op. 394
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for 2 Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra, Sz 115
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The brilliant duo piano team, Quattro Mani, is heard in three twentieth century concertos. Francis Poulenc's Concerto in D minor is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of this genre - a witty, sparkling concerto that includes a Mozartean second movement, an imitation of Balinese Gamelan in its first movement, and a high spirited rondo finale that brings the work to a boisterous conclusion. Darius Milhaud's rarely performed Second Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion in three movements is a tip of the hat to Bela Bartok's masterful Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, a work Milhaud admired, referring to it in his autobiography (1953).



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>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
  • Performers: Susan Grace (Piano); Alice Rybak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Quattro Mani
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932

>Milhaud, Darius : Concerto, for 2 pianos & 4 percussionists no 2, Op. 394
  • Performers: David Colson (Percussion); Peter Cooper (Percussion); Susan Grace (Piano); John Kinzie (Percussion); Alice Rybak (Piano); Michael Tetreault (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Quattro Mani
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1961

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for 2 Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra, Sz 115
  • Performers: David Colson (Percussion); Susan Grace (Piano); John Kinzie (Percussion); Alice Rybak (Piano)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Quattro Mani
  • Running Time: 24 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940