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RAVEL Rapsodie Espagnole, R.STRAUSS Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, BORODIN Polovtsian Dances, RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances Op.45. Black Katayama Piano Duo

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ABTAK701
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This exceptional live concert recording from Tokyo brings together Christopher Black & Yoko Katayama who celebrate a 30 year career as a piano duo. Black & Katayama are well renowned for their refined, luscious tonal color and exemplary ensemble playing. Their tandem is in itself an affirmation of music's own diversity, in the sense that these two artists of considerable distinction, two so different temperaments emanating from diverse horizons, can bring forth a timbre of an uncommonly refined consistency. Le Figaro France. Rachmaninov's last major work, the Symphonic Dances Op.45 and Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole are pinnacles of the 2 piano repertoire and together with the ebullient Polovtsian Dances from Borodin's Prince Igor and a highly original arrangement of the Waltzes from Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier make up this delightful CD. These are all well-loved compositions, here captured live in a resplendent and emotionally charged version for two pianos. In the suite of waltzes from the opera "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss, Black & Katayama conveyed forcefully the eroticism and sensuality of these celebrated pages. Maurice Ravel`s Rhapsodie Espagnole breathed an air of seduction under the inspired fingers of these two artists. The voluptuousness, warmth and fervor that exuded from the movement of the dance itself transcended into turmoil of colour and passion. Journal Montreux Switzerland.

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