"Piano Four Hands: Stravinsky, Hindemith, Ravel" - Duo Miho & Masumi Hio
- featured artist:Duo Miho & Masumi Hio
- release year:2012
- Romantic Period
- 20th Century
- CD (Compact Disc)
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The second features the radical sounds of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, performed in Stravinsky’s own piano four hands scoring, allowing the listener to come closer to the sonorities that Stravinsky himself will first have experienced as he composed, performed by Japanese duo Miho & Masumi Hio. Also: the Hindemith Sonata for Piano Four Hands and Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole.
"Fine performances...The Hindemith is especially welcome"
4 STARS - BBC Music Magazine Christopher Dingle, August 2012
"The Rite...[has] much to commend it... The Ravel is atmospherically done."
International Piano Magazine Guy Rickards, September 2012
"The percussive piano provides a rhythmic drive [to the Rite] that the full orchestra blunts. We can hear details of the counterpoint which can be smothered under the layers of instrumental colour... The two players here do a good job, giving us detail and force by turns... The recorded sound is present and lively, with a pleasant sense of resonance. If the coupling of these three works is attractive, there is no reason to hesitate. There is the additional attraction of Odradek’s royalties policy..."
Music Web International Paul Corfield Godfrey, March 26, 2013
“Their bravura is in transforming the orchestral score into one for piano... Without losing the complexity but gaining in intensity and precision.”
Il Piccolo (Trieste)
July 20, 2012