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Weber: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 2; Six Pieces for Piano Duet; Sonata No. 1, Op. 24 / Duncan J. Cumming, fortepiano, with Christopher Hogwood

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Cumming is quite good and plays a fortepiano by Joseph Brodmann, Vienna, circa 1815. The instrument is from Christopher Hogwood's collection and has been very well maintained. I hear some totally new sounds in the Variations (1800 - Weber's first published piano piece). Cummings make very effective use of this. The addition of Hogwood for the Duets (1807) brings a world class keyboard player into the mix; and, considering that the instrument is his, we are the beneficiaries all the way around. I have performed some duets on an early (1840s) piano once played by Brahms, and the sound here brings back that memory quite strongly. Both performers and instrument seem perfectly suited to the music. Recorded sound is very good, and booklet notes are well above average.


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