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Parnassius Piano Duo

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Add to my Calendar 19-02-2017 15:00 19-02-2017 17:00 36 Parnassius Piano Duo Parry’s Grosses Duo in E minor is regarded as one of the most important pieces for piano duo and the only known British example from the romantic era. The piece has never been recorded and is a particular favourite of the Duo, who relish the work’s intricate Baroque and contrapuntal influences. In sharp contrast to the rarity and relative seriousness of Parry’s Grosse Duo, Callaghan and Takenouchi move swiftly on to Copland’s vibrant El Salón México, arranged by his good friend Leonard Bernstein, who incidentally loved the work so much he also arranged it for solo piano. Bursting with strong Latin American rhythms and full of Mexican folk tunes, Copland’s original orchestral show stopper is a musical depiction of an imaginary dance hall in Mexico City, which, as its name implies, represents the country of Mexico as Copland perceived it during his many visits. The subtitle was ‘A Popular Type Dance Hall in Mexico City’. Rachmaninoff is a composer close to the Duo’s heart and their arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 Op. 27 is, by their own admission, an unashamed indulgence in one of his most loved Symphonies. With an arrangement for 4 hands, one piano already in existence, Parnassius felt that a two piano version would open up even greater possibilities in expressing Rachmaninoff’s vast musical landscape. The duo are delighted to perform their resulting arrangement for the St John’s Smith Square audience. St John's Smith Square, London DD/MM/YYYY

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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster

London
SW1P 3HA
England


Programme

Charles Hubert Hastings ParryGrosses Duo in E minor
Sergei RachmaninovSymphony no.2, Op.27
Aaron CoplandEl Salón México

Performers

Simon Callaghan – piano
Hiroaki Takenouchi – piano

Programme Note

Parry’s Grosses Duo in E minor is regarded as one of the most important pieces for piano duo and the only known British example from the romantic era. The piece has never been recorded and is a particular favourite of the Duo, who relish the work’s intricate Baroque and contrapuntal influences.

In sharp contrast to the rarity and relative seriousness of Parry’s Grosse Duo, Callaghan and Takenouchi move swiftly on to Copland’s vibrant El Salón México, arranged by his good friend Leonard Bernstein, who incidentally loved the work so much he also arranged it for solo piano. Bursting with strong Latin American rhythms and full of Mexican folk tunes, Copland’s original orchestral show stopper is a musical depiction of an imaginary dance hall in Mexico City, which, as its name implies, represents the country of Mexico as Copland perceived it during his many visits. The subtitle was ‘A Popular Type Dance Hall in Mexico City’.

Rachmaninoff is a composer close to the Duo’s heart and their arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 Op. 27 is, by their own admission, an unashamed indulgence in one of his most loved Symphonies. With an arrangement for 4 hands, one piano already in existence, Parnassius felt that a two piano version would open up even greater possibilities in expressing Rachmaninoff’s vast musical landscape. The duo are delighted to perform their resulting arrangement for the St John’s Smith Square audience.

Simon Callaghan and Hiro Takenouchi

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