Famous Works for Piano Duo / Piano Duo van Veen

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The pianist, composer, producer and renaissance musician Jeroen van Veen has played many concerts with both his wife Sandra and his brother Maarten, and has...

The pianist, composer, producer and renaissance musician Jeroen van Veen has played many concerts with both his wife Sandra and his brother Maarten, and has recorded with both of them for Brilliant Classics. The present compilation brings together a unique sequence of masterpieces for the genre in live and studio performances, made between 1992 and 2008, and given by the brothers as Piano Duo Van Veen.

This pocket history of the piano duo opens – as it must – with the F minor Fantasy of Schubert. All elements of Schubert's art can be found in the Fantasy: his gift for a sublime, gently unfolding melody; melancholy harmonic turns from major to minor; high drama within a spacious symphonic design; intricate counterpoint in the finale. Less well known but no less accomplished in its way is the set of Beethoven variations by Camille Saint-Saëns, a polished transformation of a minuet theme. This 1992 studio recording concludes with a pair of 20th-century pieces which capitalize on the energy and momentum of the piano duo genre as a whole: La valse of Ravel and the Paganini Variations of Lutoslawski, which never fail to raise the pulse and receive here barnstorming performances. The adrenaline level increases further with a sequence of live performances on album 2, opening with Rachmaninov’s gorgeous Russian Rhapsody and continuing with The Rite of Spring in the version which Stravinsky first performed with his friends in Paris prior to the ballet’s notorious public premiere in 1911. In his Monologue of 1964, Zimmermann developed the thread of his Dialogue for two pianos and orchestra with a collage technique which quotes from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven in which the two pianists muse almost to themselves at times. Rounding off this collection in epic style is the apotheosis of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen.

REVIEW:

This is a spectacular piano duo release. Of the 2 discs one was recorded in the studio (one piano) and the other in concert (two pianos). The repertoire here is mostly “famous works”, but the Zimmermann falls outside of the title’s range. There are a lot of brilliant, virtuosic pieces here, and the Ravel and Stravinsky are best known in their orchestral guises. Among people who listen to a lot of 4-hand repertoire, everything here, except perhaps the Zimmermann, will be in our libraries. This is a release I’ll keep on my active listening stack for quite some time.

-- American Record Guide (James Harrington)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 22, 2022


  • UPC: 5028421964331


  • Catalog Number: BRI96433


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century


  • Composer: Franz Schubert, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Witold Lutosławski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Olivier Messaien


  • Conductor: Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940, Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35, La valse, Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Russian Rhapsody, Le sacre du printemps, Monologe, Visions de l'Amen: VII. Amen de la Consommation


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Piano Duo Van Veen


  • Performer: Franz Schubert, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Witold Lutosławski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Olivier Messaien



Works:


  1. Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  2. Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35

    Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  3. La valse

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  4. Variations on a Theme by Paganini

    Composer: Witold Lutosławski

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  5. Russian Rhapsody

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  6. Le sacre du printemps

    Composer: Igor Stravinsky

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  7. Monologe

    Composer: Bernd Alois Zimmermann

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen


  8. Visions de l'Amen: VII. Amen de la Consommation

    Composer: Olivier Messaien

    Ensemble: Piano Duo van Veen