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Label: SWR Music
Cat No: 93338
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 25th September 2015
WorksMelodisch-Contrapunktische Studien, with a 2nd piano concertante, op.137b
Bach-Variations for piano four hands, op.24
Fugues (6) on the name BACH, op.60
J S Bach, a poet? In our day and age, this statement sounds surreal, and seems to reek of nostalgia. How could it be otherwise? After all, nearly two centuries have passed from the time Schumann uttered these words, centuries in which a comprehensive exegesis of interpretation has evolved whose discoveries and principles are part and parcel of today’s Bach reception – headed by intensive efforts at keeping faithful to the original and the 'correct' performing style, informed by a comprehensive knowledge of Baroque performance practice.
From this perspective, the album presented here must appear anachronistic, since its music takes us back to an epoch in which Bach was played in a free, occasionally downright carefree style. What no one would permit themselves today was modern back then: a sense of theatrical effects, an exuberant dynamic richness and a rather elastic perception of the metrical element, as was simply in accordance with the Romantic attitude toward life.
“The artistry of Duo d’Accord lies in that their performance appears to develop completely freely and flows with all due desirable precision” – this is how the magazine FonoForum describes the unity that makes Duo d’Accord so unmistakable, a natural fusion of European warmth and Asian perfection. The Süddeutsche Zeitung proclaims Lucia Huang and Sebastian Euler as “Great pianists whose playing is not just a cool technical demonstration but a perceptible expression of deep innermost feelings” and the Deutschlandradio goes even further saying that “by Duo d’Accord an aura of almost divine beauty ascends in which time scarcely plays a role”.
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