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Classical - Released June 20, 2016 | CPO

Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released January 6, 2017 | Tudor

Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released June 23, 2017 | CPO

Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symphonic Music - Released July 1, 2003 | BIS

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Symphonies - Released August 18, 2006 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 6, 2015 | Tudor

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Classical - Released January 1, 1957 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released January 1, 1955 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Tudor

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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released January 1, 1960 | BnF Collection

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released April 30, 1989 | BIS

In the nineteenth century, orchestral works were often transcribed into piano duet versions by composers and publishers in order for the music to get out to people who might not have opportunities to hear or perform them in their original form. That practice fell off sharply in the twentieth century and has all but disappeared now, but Dan and Victoria Sabo have made their own transcription of a twentieth century classic for the second half of this self-produced disc. Their piano, four-hands version of Janácek's Sinfonietta excellently captures the spirit of the original and comes close to the textural qualities of the orchestra version. The end of the finale is rousing and very majestic. Janácek's writing in the Sinfonietta very much depends on the different families of orchestral voices to create the contrasting sonorities that carry out his programmatic ideas, and unfortunately that doesn't quite translate into this version. For all the coloring and timbres that the piano is capable of, the Sinfonietta feels flattened and less picturesque than it should be, despite the wonderful playing. The very distinctive brass parts from the original have lost a lot of their luster. Many piano transcriptions of orchestral works have similar issues, but like this one, they can still be enjoyable to hear and perform. The first half of the program, Dvorák's Legends, Op. 59, is a work that began as a piano duet, but is more often heard in its orchestral version. In some, such as No. 2 and No. 9, the similarities to Dvorák's orchestral tone poems and the way he uses different ranges of individual instrumental voices is obvious. The Sabos give a great wealth of warm character to each one. The details of shading and voicing create that character, and can be followed easily, but the bigger, general feeling or sound in each of the Legends is never sacrificed to them. As far as self-produced albums go, this one is decently executed in terms of packaging and very well done in its sound quality, and the music and their performance is definitely something that fans of piano duets should give a listen.
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Classical - Released November 28, 2016 | Sandrew Metronome

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Classical - Released January 1, 1989 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)