Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites for Piano Duo

Mari Kodama, Momo Kodama

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Exclusives

An inextricable bond exists between the piano and ballet, this due to the fact that the ballet dancer’s strenuous daily routine of rehearsing in a mirror-lined hall is not normally accompanied by an orchestra, but by a piano. Seated at the piano is a répétiteur, who, with two virtuoso hands, routinely and tirelessly replaces an entire orchestra, providing the musical fundament for the creative work of the choreographer. The répétiteur’s high level of musical and pianistic mastery has always been crucial, but this was particularly the case in the days when they frequently were required to play directly from an open score, with little or no preparation.

Tracklist

1.
Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - Introduc
04:51
2.
Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - Adagio -
04:44
3.
Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - Pas de ca
01:57
4.
Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - Panorama
02:20
5.
Sleeping Beauty (La Belle au bois dormant) Op. 66 Suite for Piano Duo - Valse
04:05
6.
Nutcracker (Casse-noisette) Op. 71 Suite for Piano Duo - Ouverture
03:04
7.
Nutcracker (Casse-noisette) Op. 71 Suite for Piano Duo - Marche
02:22
8.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Danse de la Fee-Dragee
01:58
9.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Le Caf?
03:22
10.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Le The
01:08
11.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Danse russe Trepak
01:03
12.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Danse des mirlitons
02:24
13.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Valse des Fleurs (Flower Waltz)
06:02
14.
Nutcracker Op. 71 Suite for Piano - Pas de deux (Grand adagio)
05:19
15.
Swan Lake (Le Lac des cygnes) Op. 20 Suite for Piano Duo - Scene
03:02
16.
Swan Lake (Le Lac des cygnes) Op. 20 Suite for Piano Duo - Danses des cygnes
01:28
17.
Swan Lake (Le Lac des cygnes) Op. 20 Suite for Piano Duo - Scene
05:03
18.
Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Danse russe
04:18
19.
Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Danse espagnole
02:40
20.
Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Danse napolitaine
02:05

Total time: 01:03:15

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186579

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Mastering Engineer

Polyhymnia International (DSD 64), NativeDSD / Tom Caulfield (DSD 128, DSD 256, DSD 512)

Original Recording Format

Producer

Hein Dekker

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Studio 5 MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date October 28, 2016

Press reviews

NativeDSD Listener

I have thus purchased nine tracks from the new Pentatone album of Tchaikovsky ballet music transcribed for piano duo. I am playing them as I draft this.

Fantastic music and great sounding in DSD512 format!

MusicWeb International

[…] The Osaka-born sisters Mari and Momo Kodama, who grew up and had their musical training in Europe, are both new to me. That said, Dominy Clements welcomed the latter’s solo album, Point and Line, and Michael Cookson found the former’s Beethoven concertos with Kent Nagano and the DSO Berlin to be ‘impressive’, if not really competitive. Mari has also recorded the Beethoven sonatas and a new Falla album with Kazuki Yamada and the OSR, both for Pentatone. In their spirited preamble to the booklet notes – the word ‘fun’ appears several times – the sisters confirm they’ve played together before, but that this is their first recording as a duo.

These iconic ballet suites have certainly attracted some prestigious arrangers for piano duo, among them Anton Arensky, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov and, in our own time, the Cypriot pianist-composer Nicolas Economou. Solo versions include pianist-conductor Mikhail Pletnev’s Nutcracker suite, attractively played by Alexandra Dariescu on a recent Signum release. In another league entirely is the complete ballet, arranged and played by Stewart Goodyear. That Steinway album – recorded by Sono Luminus at their studios in Boyce, Virginia – is a musical and sonic treat; indeed, it’s a must for Tchaikovsky fans and pianophiles alike.

Rachmaninov’s piano four hands arrangement of The Sleeping Beauty, begun in 1890, required a number of corrections and revisions before Tchaikovsky was satisfied with it. The Kodamas have chosen just five numbers, but those interested in hearing the full version might be interested in this recording from New Classical Adventure. I hope to review it some point, although the download’s lack of documentation is a powerful incentive not to. At least Pentatone are scrupulous about providing Pdf booklets which, in general, are pleasing to look at and good to read. […]

HRAudio.net

“The performance of Mari and Momo Kodama are of particular interest in that they do not merely play the notes as dished up by the arrangers. Using the symphonic scores to understand and subsequently extract the transcriptions from their original context, they add another dimension. A dimension of fairytale through suggestive, but elegant and refined playing, with a judiciously coloured palette of make believe, with even some interspersed ‘mystique’ elements, making these wonderfully ‘transduced’ performances, which many are at best familiar with in their orchestral versions, so intimately and irresistibly enjoyable. I have a great respect for what Mari does, but had never heard Momo before. Judging by the result she is of equal stature. And the flow of both sisters’ playing demonstrates such a convincing degree of togetherness that it is impossible to hear who is in the lead, notwithstanding the excellent multi-channel recording. Both grands sound warm and Grand. Performance, Stereo Sonics and Multichannel Sonics: 5 out of 5 Stars rating.”

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