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The mirrored shapes intrigue to illustrate the first of Stravinsky's Five Easy Pieces.

Watch and listen -- Andante (Five Easy Pieces, DVD 34:42-35:31)
© 2007 KML Recordings

Ragtime is used to introduce the soloists and the recording engineer in a rather self conscious 'behind the scenes' display.

Watch and listen -- Ragtime (DVD, 44:00-45:20)
© 2007 KML Recordings

It is visually captivating, though as usually happens in a combined experience of sound and vision, vision wins. There are certainly stretches of mesmerising imagery during which the music recedes to what is, with this music, an inappropriate background. Altogether an impressive production with excellent performances.

Copyright © 23 April 2008 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Stravinsky/Debussy - Katia et Marielle Labèque

KML1112/3 DDD + DVD5 PAL 4:3 All regions Stereo/2.0 PCM 48kHz FIRST RELEASE 57'52" (CD)/47' (DVD) 2007 KML Recordings

Katia et Marielle Labèque, pianos; Tal Rosner, videos

Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for two Pianos (1935) (Con moto; Notturno; Variazione 1; Variazione 2; Variazione 3; Variazione 4; Preludio; Fuga); Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (1915) for two pianos (Avec emportement; Lent. Sombre; Scherzando); Stravinsky: Five Easy Pieces for piano 4 hands (1917) (Andante; Española; Balalaïka; Napolitana; Galop); Three Easy Pieces for piano 4 hands (1915) (March; Waltz; Polka); Ragtime (1918; Marielle Labèque, piano; not on DVD); Movements from 'The five fingers' (1921; Katia Labèque, piano; not on DVD) (Larghetto; Moderato; Lento); Valse des fleurs, for piano 4 hands (1914; not on DVD); Stravinsky (1940) arranged Victor Babin: Tango for two pianos


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