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Bartlett & Robertson, piano duo: works by Bach, Schumann, Arensky, Bax, Debussy et al. (Selected Recordings 1927-1947)

Album Summary

>Bartlett, Ethel : Elizabethan Suite, for 2 pianos
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 4 for pedal piano in A flat major, Op. 56/4
>Schumann, Robert : Andante & Variations for 2 pianos in B flat major, Op. 46
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for 2 pianos, Op. 35
>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 1, Op. 15
>Pavia, Marcela : Concert Fantasy on Themes from "Die Fledermaus", for 2 pianos
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas
>Infante, Manuel : Danses Andalouses no 3
>Falla, Manuel de : La vida breve
>Lecuona, Ernesto : Andalucia Suite
>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Moy Mell (The Pleasant Plain
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Sonata for 2 pianos
>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Hardanger, for 2 pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson both studied with Tobias Matthay in the 1910s. They established a two-piano duo that quickly became the first such team to achieve truly international fame. From the 1930s they based themselves in the USA where they gave important American premieres of works by Poulenc and Stravinsky. They made first recordings of much of the standard two-piano repertoire and also inspired many new works and arrangements. Given their significance, it is surprising that this important legacy has been completely neglected since the 1950s and this issue is the first CD release ever devoted to their recordings.



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Works Details

>Bartlett, Ethel : Elizabethan Suite, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1707

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Sheep may safely graze
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732-1735

>Schumann, Robert : Etude no 4 for pedal piano in A flat major, Op. 56/4
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Andante & Variations for 2 pianos in B flat major, Op. 46
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for 2 pianos, Op. 35
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Liszt, Franz : Grand Bravura Fantasia on Paganini's "La Campanella", S 420
  • Performers: Rae Robertson (Piano); Ethel Bartlett (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Suite for 2 pianos no 1, Op. 15 :: Valse
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Pavia, Marcela : Concert Fantasy on Themes from "Die Fledermaus", for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Goyescas :: Quejas, o La maja y el ruiseñor
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Infante, Manuel : Danses Andalouses no 3 :: Gracia (El vito)
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Falla, Manuel de : La vida breve :: Spanish Dance no 1
  • Performers: Rae Robertson (Piano); Ethel Bartlett (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1905-13.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905-1913

>Lecuona, Ernesto : Andalucia Suite :: Malagueña
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1927

>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Moy Mell (The Pleasant Plain :: An Irish Tone Poem), for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1917.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Sonata for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Bax, Arnold [Composer] : Hardanger, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Ethel Bartlett (Piano); Rae Robertson (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1927.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927