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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.

Pianist Magazine, June 2016
Both pianists are as one, thanks to the years of performing together, which is evident in their fine musical understanding and precise synchronised attack.

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