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Arthur Pizarro & Rinaldo Zhok - ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK - FROM THE BOHEMIAN FOREST & DUMKY

Arthur Pizarro & Rinaldo Zhok - ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK - FROM THE BOHEMIAN FOREST & DUMKY

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD323
UPC: 855317003233
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  1. 01 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – I. In the Spinning-Room
  2. 02 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – II. By the Black Lake
  3. 03 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – III. Witches’ Sabbath
  4. 04 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – IV. On the Watch
  5. 05 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – V. Silent Woods
  6. 06 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – VI. In Troubled Times
  7. 07 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – I. Lento maestoso – Allegro quasi doppio movimento – Lento maestoso – Allegro
  8. 08 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – II. Poco Adagio – Vivace non troppo – Poco Adagio – Vivace
  9. 09 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – III. Andante – Vivace non troppo – Andante
  10. 10 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – IV. Andante moderato – Allegretto scherzando – Meno mosso
  11. 11 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – V. Allegro – Meno mosso quasi tempo primo
  12. 12 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – VI. Lento maestoso – Vivace – Lento – Vivace

ARTHUR PIZARRO & RINALDO ZHOK PIANO DUO – ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK – FROM THE BOHEMIAN FOREST & DUMKY

Artur Pizarro and Rinaldo Zhok are two great pianists brought together by their solo CDs on Odradek: Artur Pizarro’s acclaimed Rachmaninov series, and Rinaldo Zhok’s disc of Liszt-Verdi transcriptions. Both pianists were also taught by the great Aldo Ciccolini, whose legacy continues to influence them. Inspired by the other’s interpretations, they decided to collaborate, forming the Pizarro-Zhok Piano Duo in 2014.

Both pianists are passionate advocates for music written for piano four hands (as distinct from music for two pianos). This repertoire, too often underrated, is described by the artists as representing “the most profound and complex form of making music together”.
Dvořák is amongst the most prolific composers of music for piano four hands, achieving a rare balance between musical depth and sensitivity, and an appealing honesty and immediacy.

This disc features one of the great masterpieces for piano duo, Dvořák’s From the Bohemian Forest, which takes the listener on a dream-like journey into a vivid musical landscape. Dvořák’s poetic music sheds the conventions and inhibitions of the piano-writing of his time, creating an array of striking effects which transport the listener into beautiful Bohemian woods. In the process, Dvořák requires that the pianists act as one, with a single concentration of purpose and precise execution of intricate technical demands. The results are breathtaking.

The disc also features Dvořák’s own arrangement for piano duo of his Dumky Trio – an arrangement which is not a transcription, but may be regarded as parallel version, equal to the Trio in gravitas and significance. As the artists put it: “This is equivalent to a painter who portrays the same subject several times, highlighting different perspectives, aspects and techniques.”

Since its formation, the Duo Pizarro-Zhok has already performed at the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias in Funchal, the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon; with the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, conducted by Pedro Carneiro, the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira conducted by Pedro Andrade; and in the inaugural concert of the Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais conducted by Nikolay Lalov.

Booklet in English, French and German.
Program notes by Hugh Collins Rice.

Reviews

“An absorbing and entertaining disc — let’s hope these two have more in store for us.”
Gramophone - Harriet Smith / May 2016

01 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – I. In the Spinning-Room // Antonín Dvořák
  1. 01 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – I. In the Spinning-Room // Antonín Dvořák
  2. 02 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – II. By the Black Lake // Antonín Dvořák
  3. 03 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – III. Witches’ Sabbath // Antonín Dvořák
  4. 04 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – IV. On the Watch // Antonín Dvořák
  5. 05 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – V. Silent Woods // Antonín Dvořák
  6. 06 – From the Bohemian Forest characteristic pieces op. 68 B. 133 – VI. In Troubled Times // Antonín Dvořák
  7. 07 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – I. Lento maestoso – Allegro quasi doppio movimento – Lento maestoso – Allegro // Antonín Dvořák
  8. 08 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – II. Poco Adagio – Vivace non troppo – Poco Adagio – Vivace // Antonín Dvořák
  9. 09 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – III. Andante – Vivace non troppo – Andante // Antonín Dvořák
  10. 10 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – IV. Andante moderato – Allegretto scherzando – Meno mosso // Antonín Dvořák
  11. 11 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – V. Allegro – Meno mosso quasi tempo primo // Antonín Dvořák
  12. 12 – Dumky op. 90 B. 520 – VI. Lento maestoso – Vivace – Lento – Vivace // Antonín Dvořák