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Re-structures = Piano music by Lansky, Ruders, Machover, Kurtág, Ben-Amots – Quattro Mani – Bridge

Re-structures = Piano music by Lansky, Ruders, Machover, Kurtág, Ben-Amots – Quattro Mani – Bridge

Quattro Mani: Re-Structures Piano music by Lansky, Ruders, Machover, Kurtág, Ben-Amots for four hands. Quattro Mani (Steven Beck, Susan Grace)—Bridge 9496—49:00, *** 1/2: I often think of Johann Sebastian Bach when I think of combining multiple keyboard instruments. The image of Bach, with one or more of his sons performing at the Zimmermann Coffee House in Leipzig, performing one his adoptions for concerti for two solo instruments, comes to mind. The tradition may well have started before Bach. In the album from Quattro Mani (four hands) with Steven Beck and Susan Grace, we get to hear a set of five virtuosic and contemporary pieces written for two keyboards. Two instruments allow a composer to create some interesting possibilities: differences in timbre, fuller, richer sonorities and harmonies, and a play with the stereo image, exchanging voices between the two performers. To be clear, the album features two players on two instruments. The first piece, the most approachable, is entitled Out of the Blue by Paul Lansky. Its percussive opening plays with that stereo image capability. Composed of repetitive musical cells, it’s an overall energetic piece that seems to come and go, out of the blue. Cembal d’Amore by Poul Ruders is […]