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Four hands

CD

Four hands : Australian music for piano / Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2016 [4814591] — 1 CD (69 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: CD 2793 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
A flight of sunbirds (2001) nine bagatelles for piano duet
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
Ross Edwards Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 9 mins, 2 sec.
Sonata for piano, 4 hands (2013) for piano duo (4 hands)
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
World premiere recording
Stuart Greenbaum Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 20 mins, 38 sec.
Victor's heart (2008) for piano four hands
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
World premiere recording
Elena Kats-Chernin Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 5 mins, 14 sec.
Four little pieces (1989) for piano duo (4 hands)
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
Peter Sculthorpe Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 8 mins, 40 sec.
Sonata for piano four hands (2009) for piano duo (4 hands)
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
Carl Vine Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 22 mins, 54 sec.

Product details

Described as 'unforgettable' by The Australian and 'barnstorming' by The New York Times, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo enjoy a stellar international profile. In their new album on ABC Classics, they survey recent music by Australian composers for piano four-hands, much of it receiving its world-premiere recording.

Music for piano four-hands began in the latter half of the 18th century, as the piano itself gained popularity. In the words of the pianists themselves, 'the five Australian compositions on this disc grow and build on that tradition, with ambitious largescale works of complexity and virtuosity, as well as miniatures that deal with the interior world of the human heart and mind. Despite the diversity of music on this disc - a fascinating variety of responses to the musical opportunities afforded by piano four-hand performance - there is also a unifying thread of dynamism and spirited energy.'

Ross Edwards' A Flight of Sunbirds showcases a seemingly effortless affection; Carl Vine and Stuart Greenbaum's Sonatas explores the potential for four-handed counterpoint. Peter Sculthorpe's 'delicate and wistful quartet of beautiful tableaux' follow the tradition of arranging existing works for piano four-hands. And Elena Kats-Chernin's Victor's Heart uses the warm resonance of the form to create a touching musical tribute.

Duration: 69 min.

Liner notes include programme notes.


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