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Bax & Chung Piano Duo

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Alessio Bax


Lucille Chung



Venue:

Wyastone Lees, Monmouth, UK

24-26 Feb 2013

Producer:

Anna Barry



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 68:17
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IGOR STRAVINSKY

 

Pétrouchka

 
1 First Tableau: The Shrove-Tide Fair 6:49
2 First Tableau: Russian Dance 2:38
3 Second Tableau: Pétrouchka's Cell 3:52
4 Third Tableau: The Moor's Cell 6:14
5 Fourth Tableau: The Shrove-Tide Fair (evening) 12:47
   
 

BRAHMS, JOHANNES

 

16 Waltzes, Op.39

 
6 No.1 in B major (Tempo giusto) 0:41
7 No.2 in E major 1:04
8 No.3 in G-sharp minor 0:37
9 No.4 in E minor (Poco sostenuto) 0:59
10 No.5 in E major 1:11
11 No.6 in C-sharp major (Vivace) 1:02
12 No.7 in C-sharp minor (Poco più andante) 2:00
13 No.8 in B-flat major 1:03
14 No.9 in D minor 1:18
15 No.10 in G major 0:30
16 No.11 in B minor 1:12
17 No.12 in E major 1:40
18 No.13 in C major 0:32
19 No.14 in A minor 1:09
20 No.15 in A major 1:18
21 No.16 in D minor 0:48
   
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

arr. Bax & Chung
 

Four Tangos

 
22 Lo que vendrá 3:58
23 Milonga del ángel 5:46
24 Tango No.2 4:49
25 Libertango 4:20
  Total Time 68:17      
   
  Piano Four Hands  
 Alessio Bax
 Lucille Chung
   


The real life marriage of two great concert pianists, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, has led to one of the leading piano duos of their generation. To cite the UK magazine Music and Arts, “Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colours and dextrous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.” Stavinsky’s Pétrouchka was originally arranged for four-hands by the composer as a rehearsal score for the Ballet Russes production of the same name, but in this stripped-down it brings Stravinsky’s melodic, rhythmic and harmonic inventiveness to the fore.  Brahms’s 16 Waltzes Op.39 are an enchanting collection of Romantic miniatures that simultaneously nod to the musical lineage of the composer’s home in Vienna whilst asserting his own flair and individuality. The final four tangos by Piazzolla are a full of Argentine flair and vigour, and were arranged especially for this recording by Bax & Chung.

 "Pardon the cliché, but here’s a husband-and-wife piano duo who make beautiful music together... Superb annotation and engineering make the Bax/Chung duo debut CD all the more auspicious."

Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - April 2014


 "This varied and enjoyable disc from married duo Bax and Chung is notable mainly for Stravinsky’s own four-hand transcription of Petrushka, heard here in a remarkably affectionate performance... The set of four Piazzolla Tangos offer a fun and stylish way to close the recital."

Colin Clarke - International Piano magazine - March/April 2014


"... They [Bax & Chung] share a relish of a certain brilliant clarity in their playing. In this scintillating recital, it’s hard to find even a fleeting moment where ensemble is less than meticulous. They realise Petrushka’s wondrous array of colours with consummate assurance, and enjoy equally the inventve variety in 16 Waltzes, while their own arrangements of four tangos unleash their virtuosity."

Stephen Pettitt - The Times - Culture magazine - 28 November 2013




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