"...Passing an hour in the company of Percy Grainger’s music is always a delight. The Bilder Duo offer a program of some of his most popular works in versions for piano four-hands and for two pianos: Shepherd’s Hey, Country Gardens, Lincolnshire Posy. The folk tunes, the homages to Grieg, the wit and whimsy and unexpected emotional import, are all here in strength. As a ‘greatest hits’ album of Grainger for two pianists, this stands alone. The Bilder Duo, pianists Caroline Weichert and Clemens Rave, are frankly impeccable in this repertoire, technically spot-on and a lot of fun for the ears…the Gershwin fantasy builds up very impressively…if you like [your Grainger] on keyboards, run out and grab this. Even those works represented here which have been recorded before, in these arrangements at least, aren’t available in such a convenient one-stop anthology. I’m very glad to have this CD..."
Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - March 2013
"This music rarely fails to bring a smile to listeners. It is creative, well-crafted, and eminently listenable on many levels. Whether casual music floating through your house on a Saturday morning or something to supply a detailed example of masterly two-piano writing, this is an extremely well-chosen and well-played program. The two pianists change positions (primo and secondo) and parts all through the program…both fine pianists. Their ensemble, especially in this folk-based music with its flexible tempos, is impeccable. I can be a little snooty about foreigners playing Gershwin correctly but without the ingrained feel for the music that we American generally have. That is NOT the case here. Close your eyes and you would assume that these performers are native Americans with a lifetime of acquaintance with this musical style."
James Harrington - American Record Guide - March 2013
"...Four hands at one or two pianos despatch folksy Grainger and his Gershwin fantasy with lovely razor clarity… "
Geoff Brown - BBC Music Magazine - January 2013
Album of the Week
"A new collection of [Percy Grainger’s] transcriptions for two pianos and piano four-hands captures a particularly lively slice of his output. The Bilder Duo, a young ensemble consisting of German pianists Clemens Rave and Caroline Weichert, offers a judicious, well-programmed sampling of ten pieces."
WQXR (New York) - January 2013
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