Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos | Linn BKD293

Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD293

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 17th July 2015



Celebrated pianist Artur Pizarro combines his extensive experience with that of his pupil Vita Panomariovaite, herself an award-winning pianist, to produce an album of rarely recorded Rimsky Korsakov arrangements for piano duo.

Originally released in 2007, 'Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Duos' has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

These two talented pianists bring their combined skill and virtuosity to bear in three colourful arrangements encompassing Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular music for orchestra.

Widely considered one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s finest orchestral works, Scheherazade is equally engaging and thrilling arranged for two pianos. The famous Arabian Nights story is clearly brought to life in the composer’s own arrangement.

Sadko was an instant hit, with Borodin declaring it ‘a delight’ - this arrangement retains the work’s original colours and moods.

The Capriccio Espagnol is a Spanish-themed fantasy full of colour and exoticism, thoughtfully arranged by the composer.

Pizarro’s prize-winning performance at the Leeds Piano Competition marked the beginning of his international concert career. His concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 whilst his Beethoven Piano Sonatas cycle earned him a Royal Philharmonic Society nomination for ‘Best Series'. Pizarro performs with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras, and as a piano duo (secondo) with Vita Panomariovaite (primo).

Lithuanian born Panomariovaite has won the Citta di Sulmona competition, the Ville de Brest competition and was a prize winner in the Joaquin Rodrigo International Piano Competition.

‘…the two pianists respond with a unity that shimmers through [Sadko’s] opening seascape and dances through its accelerandos...A worthy performance of an accomplished work.’ - BBC

A wonderful release…with pianists so entirely at one with each other, the result is a very effective, evocative and exhilarating performance.’ - International Record Review

The transcription of the Capriccio Espagnol provides a most brilliant finish to the recital.’ - Audiophile Audition

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