The only way to listen to the latest symphony or opera in the nineteenth century was to either seek out a live performance or perform it at home with a piano partner, à quatre mains. Thus, an enormous amount of four-hand literature abounds from the 1820s to the 1930s. Works in transcription largely dominate this repertoire: operas, symphonies, and chamber works were adapted en masse for four hands by skilled and not so skilled musicians alike. But there were also works freshly composed in the medium, and four-handed playing could be heard in the home (its natural environment) but also on the relatively new environment of the concert stage
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Dave Saemann of Fanfare Magazine says “McCallum and Helyward are wonderful tour guides through this repertoire. They succeed at making each of the different pianos feel like the instrument they grew up with.”
Jacquelin Kharouf from Fanfare adds “The album sounds beautiful. Artistically, aesthetically and from standards of technical quality, the sound is about as authentic as if we were standing in the room.”
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