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Two-Piano Magic / Markowski and Cedrone, Duo-Pianists

Markowski , Poulenc , Ash , Rachmaninoff , Strauss , Charles Ansbacher , Milhaud , Gershwin , Pinto , Cedrone , Colorado Springs Symphony , Bach Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Colorado Springs Symphony, Bach
  • Orchestra: Cedrone
  • Conductor: Pinto
  • Composer: Markowski, Poulenc, Ash, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, et al.
  • Audio CD (January 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004SV3I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Memories of Childhood - Octavio Pinto
2. Pastorale 'Sheep May Safely Graze'- J.S. Bach
3. Barcarole - Rachmaninoff
4. Three Selections from 'Porgy & Bess' - Gershwin
5. Battle Hymn of the Republic - arr: Frank Cedrone
6. Toccata per Due - Rodney Ash
7. Scaramouche Suite - Milhaud
8. 'Die Fledermaus' Fantasy - Johann Strauss
9. Italian Polka - Rachmaninoff
10. Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra - Poulenc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This is a zestful performance of selections recorded at Live performances.

Some intermission comments include the words 'passion - musicianship - energy - insight - imagination -sensitivity and power'.

Review

"A perfect blend of two superb artists." -- Rockford Morning Star Rockford, Illinois

"The 'sparkle and glitter' of the Poulenc Concerto is designed to be a lot of fun. Markowski and Cedrone exhibited the uncanny pianistic match which has earned them such a wide reputation." -- Gazette Telegraph Colorado Springs, CO

'...it was evident that the soloists were thinking alike and enjoying themselves hugely. The second movement was simply spellbinding...excellent elasticity...phrases beautifully shaped. In the final movement the soloists were having such a good time that one could actually sense the laughter in their playing.' -- Colorado Springs Sun

'Even if you're not really into classical music, this CD is a great one to add to your collection. It's sure to fit any musical type and is filled with energy and passion that makes you keep wanting to listen.' -- The Chieftain, Pueblo, Co., Tuesday March 28, 2000

'They possess genuine personal charm, great skill, and superb musical artistry. One mind seems to motivate two pairs of hands.'(The Daily Times (Rawlins, WY)) -- (The Daily Times - Rawlins, WY)

'They seem to have the ability to read each other's minds' -- New York Times

Piano Team Outstanding.'The great musical ability gave a plus quality to everything they played. Each performer is an artist of high merit, and their combined talents make them a unique duo.'(News Herald (Del Rio, Texas)) -- (News Herald - Del Rio, Texas)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two-Piano Magic well named June 27, 2000
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The new albumn of Markowski and Cedrone is a variety of musical and magical masterpieces. Four of the selections are arrangements (by such notables as Percy Grainger) and one is a duet as opposed to a duo. That is, it is written and played for one piano-four hands. Notable among the compositions thereon are the Barcarole from Rachmaninov's first Suite for Two Pianos; the Italian Polka (also of Rachmanino, this time for one piano); the Toccata per due of Rodney ash and the Concerto for Two Pianos and orchestra by Poulenc. This last is with the Colorado Springs Symphony conducted by Charles Ansbacher. The Rodney Ash piece is contemporary in nature with rhythmical and dynamic expansions of considerable dimension, and a marvelous fugual development near the finish. Ash was a composer as well as a pianist and teacher and excelled at all three levels. The Rachmaninov pieces are romantically construed and give great breadth of freedom in this particular recording. The Barcar- ole is breathtakingly beautiful with its winding lines and colorful call to musical gondolas. It is the type of thing that allows for real depth of feeling and great expressiveness. The Italian Polka has similar freedoms (in this reading) but is really a romp that lingers in the memory. The Poulenc again admits to romanticism especially in the second movement where the intertwining of musical lines among the two pianists and the orchestral instruments is a pleasure and a delight. And the treatment is typically Poulenc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Search No Further May 16, 2000
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Superb ensemble.... that's how many have described the tasteful and energetic performances of Two-Piano artists Markowski and Cedrone over the years. This long-awaited (and much anticipated) CD release will delight not only their many fans, but will provide a needed and useful musical record of some not-oft performed works. While many listeners will already be familiar with the Polenc Two-Piano Concerto, not many will have heard the subtle treasures from Pinto, Milhaud, Gershwin, and a marvelously uplifting short Rachmaninoff gem. Highly recommended for hour after hour of listening pleasure!
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