Playing time 60 mins.
The Keyboard Duet originated from the Mid 18th Century when Mozart composed entertaining works for himself and his sister Nannerl to play together. From then on the evolution of this limitless genre attracted attention from composers such as Bizet (1838-75) and Ravel (1875-1937).
Bizet's Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games) suggests influences from Schumman's Kindeszenen whilst developing musical characterisations of images such as La Poupee (The Doll), and children jokingly imitating adults drinking at Le Bal, (The Dance).
Ravel explored the possibilities of the four handed piano through his transcription of Debussy's Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune, based on the erotic poem by Stephane Mallarme, whilst writing his own set of duets Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite. The suite delves deep into the imaginary worlds of stories by Charles Perrault including Tom Thumb and The Enchanted Garden. This is highly comparative to Lucien Garban's beautiful transcription of Ravel's ghostly and tragic La Valse.
Philip Moore and Simon Crawford - Phillips are a flourishing, young ensemble that formed in 1995 having met as students at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They have won international acclaim and are due to appear at the Proms in August 2001 performing Concert for Two Pianos by Stravinsky. Here they provide radiant and compelling performances of this truly beautiful and exciting repertoire.
1. Prélude à laprès-midi dun faune - Claude Debussy
Jeux denfants (Childrens Games) - Georges
mère lOye (Mother Goose) - Maurice Ravel
19. La Valse - Maurice Ravel
Kontarskys, the Labeques, the Ogdons - often successful piano duos seem
to benefit from being related, or at least married to one another. Philip
Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips are to the best of my knowledge neither
of these but they have that crucial quality of appearing to think with
one brain, moving their fingers in response to a single artistic impulse."
music here is better known on full orchestra and it's fun to spot the
way different details can emerge in the piano [duet] version. Moore
and Crawford-Phillips perform with unfailing beauty"
two young players made their Proms debut last week in Stravinsky's Concerto
for Two Pianos, and here they offer an enjoyable, well-arranged sequence
of French music for four-hand piano. Ravel's fascinating transcription
of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune articulates the evanescent
orchestral substance of the original with analytical precision while
retaining a magical limpidity and flow."