Mind Meld

Mind Meld


Artist: ZOFO Duet

Composers: Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky

Format: 1 CD


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55th Annual GRAMMY® Nomination—Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble

Musical compatriots. Collaborators. Teachers. Friends. Pianists. These are the links that bound the four remarkable 20th century composers, whose one-piano-four-hands works are brought together by Sono Luminus on this first CD from the dynamic ZOFO Duet. Whether performing public duet concerts together or using the piano four-hands form to explore their symphonic visions, Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy and Stravinsky all understood the musical power of sharing the bench.

When internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi joined forces to form ZOFO Duet in the spring of 2009, their goal was to explore and enrich the one-piano-four-hands repertoire by performing and recording existingand new works at the highest level of musical excellence. The pieces they chose for their rst public performance as a professionalensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory in the fall of 2009 were by Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy andIgor Stravinsky – four highly influential composers of the 20th century who knew each other, learned from each other, sometimes performed together, and embraced the piano-four-hands form. Since their concert debut in 2009 ZOFO has performed dozens of concerts with repertoire ranging from Johannes Brahms to Tomohiro Moriyama, and in venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall to Osaka Japan. But for this, their first CD, Eva-Maria and Keisuke return to the four composers and magnificent pieces that launched them on their career as ZOFO duet.

Track List

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) (arr. by Charlie Harmon) 
1. Candide Overture

Harold Shapero (1920-2013)
Sonata for Piano Four Hands
2. I. Very Slowly
3. II. Slowly
4. III. Fast

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Six Épigraphes Antiques
5. I. Pour Invoquer Pan, Dieu du Vent d’Éte
6. II. Pour un Tombeau sans Nom
7. III. Pour que la Nuit Soit Propice
8. IV. Pour la Danseuse aux Crotales
9. V. Pour l’Egyptienne
10. VI. Pour Remercier la Pluie au Matin

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Le Sacred du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
I. Première Partie: L’Adoration de La Terre (The Adoration of the Earth)
11. Introduction
12. The Augurs of Spring
13. Ritual Abduction
14. Spring Rounds
15. Ritual of the Two Rival Tribes
16. Procession of the Oldest and Wisest One
17. The Kiss of the Earth
18. The Dance of the Earth

II. Second Partie: Le Sacrifice (The Sacrifice)
19. Introduction
20. Mystic Circle of the Young Girls
21. The Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One
22. Evocation of the Ancestors
23. Ritual Action of the Ancestors
24. Sacrificial Dance

Total time: 67:28
Release date: April 2012
UPC: 053479215123

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Four-hands-one-piano performances are dime a dozen, but not the ZOFO way.
— Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

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