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Concerti III: Francis Poulenc, Colin McPhee, John Adams

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Concerti III: Francis Poulenc, Colin McPhee, John Adams
Concerti III: Francis Poulenc, Colin McPhee, John Adams


Three completely different composers but three works with a great deal in common: Gamelan, Minimal, Parody. Our outstanding GrauSchumacher Piano Duo keeps creating surprising but logical ideas, realizing these with fantastic pianistic virtuosity. When American composers bade farewell during the 1960s to the cerebral exercises of the European avant-garde substantiated by historical-philosophical considerations, proclaiming the cult of a new simplicity, they also did this with reference to African drumming rituals, Indonesian gamelan music, pop-art and pop-music. They called the result "minimal music", whose most important characteristic, as with the gamelan, was repetitive patterns above a steady beat; these are transported into other musical aggregate states by means of gradually increasing (at first almost unnoticeable) disturbances, irregularities and phase shifts. Together with the re-enthronement of the major and minor keys, these procedures frequently created psychedelic effects by no means unintentionally. Adams has provided a particularly vivid report on the stimuli that led him to compose his Grand Pianola Music: he dreamt that he was driving on Interstate Highway 5 when he was approached from behind by two black stretch-limousines; when they passed him, they were transformed into the world's longest Steinway pianos and then fired salvos of B-flat major and E-flat major arpeggios at 90 miles per hour. Another important stimulus was the recollection of having walked through the halls of the San Francisco Conservatory and heard the sonic flood of twenty or more pianos "playing Chopin, the Emperor Concerto, Hanon, Rachmaninoff, the Maple Leaf Rag, and much more." Personnel: GrauSchumacher Piano Duo; Trio Mediaeval (vocal trio in Adams' Grand Pianola Music); Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman (conductor)


  1. Name
  2. Poulenc: Concerto En Ré Mineur Pour Deux Pianos Et Orchestre - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  3. Larghetto
  4. Finale. Allegro Molto
  5. Colin McPhee (1900-1964): Tabuh-Tabuhan Toccata For Orchestra And Two Pianos- Ostinatos
  6. Nocturne. Tranquillo
  7. Finale. Quieto E Misterioso
  8. John Adams (*1947): Grand Pianola Music - Part I
  9. Part II
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