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Magical Places - Music for 2 pianos by Mussorgsky, Alfven, Ibert, Lyadov, Britten, Ireland / Goldstone & Clemmow, duo-pianists

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> St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (arr. N. Artsibushev) - St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (arr. N. Artsibushev)
> Midsommarvaka (Midsummer Vigil), Op. 19, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 1" (version for piano 4 hands) - Midsommarvaka (Midsummer Vigil), Op. 19, "Swedish Rhapsody No. 1" (version for piano 4 hands)
> Escales (version for piano 4 hands) - Rome - Palerme
> Escales (version for piano 4 hands) - Tunis - Nefta
> Escales (version for piano 4 hands) - Valencia
> Volshebnoye ozero (The Enchanted Lake), Op. 62 (arr. V. Kalafati) - Volshebnoye ozero (The Enchanted Lake), Op. 62 (arr. V. Kalafati)
> Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a (arr. E. Stein) - No. 1. Dawn
> Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a (arr. E. Stein) - No. 2. Sunday Morning
> Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a (arr. E. Stein) - No. 3. Moonlight
> Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a (arr. E. Stein) - No. 4. Storm
> The Forgotten Rite (version for piano 4 hands) - The Forgotten Rite (version for piano 4 hands)

Notes & Reviews:

Of the six orchestral works on this recording three are in the composers' own piano duet versions; two others were transcribed by people in whom the composers had great faith (Rimsky-Korsakov here being considered the composer of Night on Bald Mountain, as Mussorgsky had died), and it must be presumed that Lyadov approved the choice of Kalafati who was held in great esteem by his colleagues and pupils. Three of the six pieces of music involve the supernatural, while the remaining three present "magical" soundscapes in their different ways. The first two items depict very different midsummer festivities. As a further note, four of the pieces featured on this CD are World Première Recordings. The CD booklet contains highly informative notes by Anthony Goldstone.



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