Paris joyeux & triste: Piano Duets by Stravinsky & Satie | Alpha ALPHA230

Paris joyeux & triste: Piano Duets by Stravinsky & Satie


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA230

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 19th February 2016



In Paris joyeux & triste, Alexei Lubimov and Viacheslav Poprugin alternate pieces by Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie, two composers who became friends in the early years of the twentieth century despite their very different musical personalities. Stravinsky made his own two-piano arrangement of the ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto, while Satie’s Socrate and Cinéma are heard here in arrangements by John Cage and Darius Milhaud respectively.

Pieces for two pianos, for piano four hands and for prepared piano combine on this disc, which mingles music and theatre – for it is the theatrical element that unites the two composers. As Diaghilev said to Cocteau: ‘Astonish me!’ With this programme, these instruments and his extremely diverse musical experiences, Lubimov continues to make that his credo today.


John Cage’s austere transcription of Socrate is beautifully sculpted, its final moments ebbing away touchingly, and Cinéma, Darius Milhaud’s prepared piano-duet version of the music for Entr’acte in the 1924 ballet Relâche, is played on a 1909 Bechstein with tremendous wit and energy. Andrew Clements
The Guardian 29 January 2016

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