O Duo: Searching (Works for Percussion Duet) | Champs Hill Records CHRCD083

O Duo: Searching (Works for Percussion Duet)

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Label: Champs Hill Records

Cat No: CHRCD083

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd February 2015

Contents

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Suite espanola no.1, op.47
» IV Cadiz
» VI Aragon

Bach, Johann Sebastian

French Suites (6), BWV812-817
» no.5 in G major, BWV816 (arr. O Duo for percussion)

Glass, Philip

Mad Rush

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Musica Ricercata
» VII Cantabile, molto legato

O Duo

Searching
Signals from space

Prokofiev, Sergei

Pieces for Piano (10), op.12
» no.7 Prelude

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes (24), op.34
» no.5 in D major

Trainer, Fraser

Silence twice broken

Vivaldi, Antonio

The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)
» Violin Concerto in G minor, op.8 no.2 R315 'L'estate': Presto

Artists

O Duo

Works

Albeniz, Isaac

Suite espanola no.1, op.47
» IV Cadiz
» VI Aragon

Bach, Johann Sebastian

French Suites (6), BWV812-817
» no.5 in G major, BWV816 (arr. O Duo for percussion)

Glass, Philip

Mad Rush

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Musica Ricercata
» VII Cantabile, molto legato

O Duo

Searching
Signals from space

Prokofiev, Sergei

Pieces for Piano (10), op.12
» no.7 Prelude

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Preludes (24), op.34
» no.5 in D major

Trainer, Fraser

Silence twice broken

Vivaldi, Antonio

The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)
» Violin Concerto in G minor, op.8 no.2 R315 'L'estate': Presto

Artists

O Duo

About

Percussion has found its place in mainstream music making, evidenced by the huge success of Colin Currie's recent Southbank festival and the number of new works and arrangements for today's virtuoso players who include the spectacular O Duo.

This, their second album for Champs Hill Records, features a wide range of repertoire from Bach and Vivaldi to Philip Glass and Fraser Trainer.

The modern marimba and modern multi-stick techniques allow players to perform virtuosic and demanding music such as the Presto from Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni, as well as the intimately lyrical - as demonstrated by O Duo’s transcription of the Sarabande from Bach’s French Suite no.5.

The music of Albéniz - his Suite Española, character pieces representing the different regions of Spain - transcribe brilliantly for percussion. O Duo’s arrangement positively sparkles, making the most of the music’s chromatic sidesteps and its melodic beauty.

Prokofiev's Harp Prelude sounds entirely idiomatic for percussion, as does the seventh movement of Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata, and sits comfortably alongside Philip Glass’s Mad Rush.

British composer Fraser Trainer wrote a double concerto for percussion and orchestra, called 'Breaking Silence', for O Duo, Sinfonia Viva and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2012-13. Silence Twice Broken is a newly written piece for duo alone, based on material from the earlier work.

O Duo’s own composition from 2011, Searching, represents a journey spent - as the title might suggest - 'searching' for something, and the emotions and feelings which this journey throws up - sadness, longing, excitement, anticipation among others.

Oliver Cox’s Signals from Space explores a very wide variety of timbre by employing many different instruments, including such unexpected things as two metal pipes, a metal bucket with rivets, a spring coil, bowed glockenspiel and tuned alpine cowbells.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘brimming with style and panache’, in recent years O Duo has won a Special Commissioning Award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and has been appointed Artistic Directors of the Children’s Classic Concerts series in Scotland. Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox reveal their artistic quality, passion for commissioning new repertoire and dedication to education work.

O Duo: Owen Gunnell, Oliver Cox

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