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Romantic Music for Piano Four Hands

Georges Onslow: Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 7
Max Reger (1873–1916): Three Burlesques from Op. 58
Richard Wagner (1813–1883): Polonaise in D Major
Franz Liszt (1811–1886): Grand Valse di Bravura, Op. 6
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907): from Norwegian Dances, Op. 35
Mily Balakirev (1837–1910): Suite for Piano Four-Hands
Georges Onslow: Sonata No.2 in F Minor, Op. 22

Elizabeth Buccheri & Richard Boldrey, piano duettists
Cedille CDR 7002
(ADD 76:26)

Here, remastered from acoustic LPs recorded in 1978 & 1985, is one of the best four-hand pianoo recordings I know. The recording quality is as good as any modern digital. The rapport between these duettists is complete, with instinctive give & take and none of the overwhelming forte which can esily happen with twenty fingers sharing a keyboard.

The repertoire is particularly interesting, notably the two sonatas by the Englishman Onslow, his second (c. 1820) a high point of this repertoire. The choices are varied, excluding though Schubert, whose 4-hand output is the largest and has been recorded complete by the British duo Goldstone & Clemmow on Olympia.

Strongly recommended, a very welcome reissue of a well selected programme of music which, mostly, you won't know.

Peter Grahame Woolf

Complete information and booklet text at: http://cedillerecords.org/catalog/images/pdf/cdNotes/7002booklet.pdf