Leo Van Doeselaar / Wyneke Jordans

A Quatre Mains Françaises

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917210422
Catnr: CC 72104
Release date: 02 October 2006
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917210422
Catalogue number
CC 72104
Release date
02 October 2006
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Artist(s)
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About the album

Piano duet playing was the most frequent type of domestic music making from the 19th century until well into the 20th century. All important orchestral works, and some less important works as well, appeared in arrangements commissioned by the large publishing houses. In this way one could actively enjoy the same master works in a time when the technique of recording did not yet exist. The Belle Epoque in particular saw the publication of a great deal of original piano duet music and some splendid piano duet arrangements. The same can be said for those turbulent years at the start of the 20th century. This CD is devoted exclusively to this period. The musical "Bric-à-Brac" in this programme was discovered over the course of several years in second-hand music shops in Paris. Camille Saint-Saëns composed his famous "Carnaval des animaux" in 1886 for a carnival concert in one of the salons of Paris. As early as 1922 a long list of arrangements of many of the animal portraits was issued by Durand. Only one arrangement encompassed the whole "Carnaval," and it comes as no surprise that this was the arrangement for piano duet. The Ravel pieces from "L'enfant et les sortilèges"were arranged by the French musician Lucien Garban, who spent a large part of his life making piano duet arrangements of modern orchestral works. The French composer Jean Jamain made an orchestral version of the "Pavane" and an arrangement for piano duet. Jacques Ibert himself turned the piano solo version of "Le petit âne blanc" into one for piano duet. Darius Milhaud's "Le boeuf sur le toit" was intended as a "cinèma-symphonie sur des airs sud-amèricains" for a silent movie with Charlie Chaplin that unfortunately was never made. Wyneke Jordans and Leo van Doeselaar graduated with Jan Wijn at Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory in 1981 and played their graduate recital already as a piano duo. Since 1977 Wyneke and Leo appeared as an established concert duo with orchestras and in recital throughout Europe and the USA. In 1985, the Duo was awarded the Amsterdam 'Publieksprijs' (Audience Award) whilst in the same year they were appointed visiting professors at the Sweelinck Conservatory. For many years they taught at the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Currently Leo van Doeselaar is professor of organ at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste. The extensive piano repertoire of the duo covers the rich tradition of music for four hands and for two pianos, as well as contemporary compositions and transcriptions from the orchestral literature.

The duo has particularly specialized in historical performance on the fortepiano. In 1993, recognition by the BBC earned the duo a series of seven concert broadcasts and recordings on historic and modern pianos.

Their "Bach after Bach" CD with Bach-transcriptions by Max Reger received widespread international attention (CC72070).

This CD was acclaimed in the Dutch press: "... exemplary performance" (the provincial dailies); "... playing is flawless, musical and sparkling" (Christo Lelie, "Trouw"); "... magnificently festive, movingly beautiful music, also because of the fine playing and joyous music-making..." (Leo Samama, "Luister"); "With their infectious music-making they have raised these arrangements far above the level of museum pieces" (Thiemo Wind, "Telegraaf")

In 2006 Jordans and Van Doeselaar recorded with Quink Vocal Ensemble the Petite Messe Solennelle composed by Rossini (CC72157).
Piano voor twee
Het spelen van pianoduetten was een van de meest voorkomende manieren om thuis muziek te maken in de 19e eeuw en het begin van de 20e eeuw. Van alle bekende orkestwerken, evenals een aantal minder bekende werken, verschenen bewerkingen in opdracht van grote uitgevers. Op die manier konden veel mensen van de muzikale meesterwerken genieten in een tijd dat opnames nog niet bestonden. Met name aan het einde van de 19e eeuw tot de Eerste Wereldoorlog werden veel duetarrangementen gepubliceerd, en dit album is volledig toegewijd aan deze periode.

In 1886 componeerde Camille Saint-Saëns zijn bekende Carnaval des animeux voor een carnavalconcert in één van de salons in Parijs. Al vanaf 1922 verschenen vele arrangementen van zijn muziek, waarvan één het hele “carnaval” omvat. Ravels L’enfant et les sortilèges werd gearrangeerd door de Franse musicus Lucien Garban, die een groot deel van zijn leven wijdde aan het maken van pianoduetarrangementen van moderne orkestrale werken. De Franse componist Jean Jamain schreef zowel een orkestrale versie van de Pavane en een arrangement voor pianoduet. Jacques Ibert maakte zelf een arrangement voor zijn Le Petit âne blanc en Darius Milhaud’s arrangement van Le boeuf sur le toit werd geschreven voor een stomme film met Charlie Chaplin in de hoofdrol, die helaas nooit geproduceerd is.

Deze bijzondere pianomuziek wordt uitgevoerd door de pianisten Wyneke Jordans en Leo van Doeselaar. Beiden zijn befaamde pianisten met een uitgebreide solocarrière, maar de afgelopen 40 jaar spelen ze vooral samen. Als duo worden ze internationaal geprezen en hebben ze meerdere albums opgenomen.

Artist(s)

Leo van Doeselaar and Wyneke Jordans belong to the best known Dutch musi- cians of the moment. They are invited by the Concertgebouw at least once a sea- son and frequently perform with leading Dutch orchestras and ensembles and on television and radio. Both Wyneke Jor- dans and Leo van Doeselaar graduated with Jan Wijn at Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatory in 1981 and played their graduate recital already as a piano duo. As an established concert duo Wyneke and Leo since 1977 appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout Europe and the USA.

In 1985, the Duo was awarded the Amsterdam ‘Publieksprijs’ (Audience Award) whilst in the same year they were appointed visiting professors at the Sweelinck Conservatory. For many years they taught at the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Currently Leo van Doeselaar is professor of organ at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste. The extensive piano repertoire of the duo covers the rich tradition of music for four hands and for two pianos, as well as contemporary compositions and tran- scriptions from the orchestral literature. The duo’s discography is considerable and has been mostly recorded for the international label, Etcetera Records
and includes the complete works for piano four hands by Erik Satie, Dvorák’s Opus 59 (Legends) and the complete four hand piano music by Ravel. The duo has particularly specialised in historical performance on the fortepiano, focus- ing especially on the fascinating litera- ture of the First Viennese School. They recorded works for four hands by Franz Schubert for the Globe label, performed on an 1826 Viennese fortepiano. They are much in demand from the important early music festivals such as the Berliner Tage für Alte Musik, Festival of San Antonio (USA), the Early Music Festival of Moscow and the Utrecht Early Music Festival. In 1993, recognition by the BBC earned the duo a series of seven concert broadcasts and recordings on historic and modern pianos. A CD of BBC recordings includes works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms played on a selection of historic instruments from the Edwin Beunk collection. Their “Bach after Bach” CD with transcrip- tions of major orchestal works of Johann Sebastian Bach by Max Reger received widespread international attention (CC72070).

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