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Owen Gunnell / Oliver Cox

O Duo

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212590183
  • Catalog number CHRCD 017
  • Release date 01 January 2011
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About the album

'O Duo' are Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox, two percussionists who bring their eclectic and charistmatic approach to the music on this album. Well-known pieces such as Chopinʼs Fantasie- Impromptu - with its glorious central melody - and the textual clarity of Bachʼs music are juxtaposed with contemporary composers such as the Japanese composer Miki's Marimba Spiritual. There are many other contrasting pieces - for example Mendelssohnʼs Fugue No. 4 in F minor from 1834 and Ter Veldhuisʼ Goldrush written in 1995.

Among the pieces on the CD are two written especially for O Duo. McNeffʼs Baristas is based on sounds of a coffee shop, and of which the composer writes, "You only have to see a crack team of coffee-makers to appreciate the comparison [with percussionists] in speed, dexterity and - most importantly 'sound.'" Joliffeʼs Knock About, inspired by people casually kicking around a football and of which the composer writes "At its centre is one simple rhythm, but this is hidden by really fast music, which O Duo manage to pull off with their usual flair." 

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    Fantasie impromptu in C Sharp Minor
     
    05:08
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    2
    Baristas
     
    06:13
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    Partita No. 1: I. Praeludium
     
    02:09
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    Partita No. 1: II. Corrente
     
    02:44
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    Marimba spiritual
     
    08:38
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    Praeludium VI
     
    01:36
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    Goldrush
     
    13:37
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    Praeludium II
     
    01:46
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    Fuga II for three voices
     
    01:56
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    Knock about
     
    05:20
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    Fugue No. 4 in F Minor
     
    03:57
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    Sonata for piano duet: I. Prelude
     
    02:15
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    Sonata for piano duet: II. Finale
     
    02:03
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    Praeludium in C Sharp Major
     
    01:40
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    Suite for piano: Allegro molto
     
    02:15

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