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Cheng² Duo

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It’s not a typo: the duo is indeed called Cheng² Duo, in other words Duo Cheng squared. It makes sense considering the cellist is named Bryan Cheng, and the pianist Silvie (again, not a typo!) Cheng – yes, they are siblings. Despite what their last name may suggest, the Chengs are in fact from Canada and made their debuts as soloists with the country’s best orchestras before going on a world tour to pursue their now international career. The family cooperation, as a duo, led them to the present Iberian repertoire, made up almost exclusively of rewritings of works for piano, vocals and orchestra: only Turina’s Danzas fantásticas is performed in its original version for piano solo, and Cassadó’s Suite for cello solo… on cello solo, one could have guessed! What an incredible energy these two bring to the table! Some arrangements are in fact the work of big names such as Maurice Gendron, Cassadó or Piatigorsky. The Spain of Cheng² is packed with fire and flames – who could resist the Song of Wildfire, and of tenderness, of El amor brujo −, Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs) are a wonderful achievement. Here is a strong and beautiful album, presenting – with perfect conviction – well-known works but in new formats, thus shining a new musical light onto them. © SM/Qobuz

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Goyescas (Enrique Granados)

1
Intermezzo from Goyescas Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:04:55

Enrique Granados, Composer - Gaspar Cassadó, Arranger - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

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La vida breve (Manuel de Falla)

2
Primera Danza Española Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:03:55

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Maurice Gendron, Arranger - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

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Siete canciones populares españolas (Manuel de Falla)

3
I. El paño Moruno Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:02:03

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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II. Seguidilla Murciana Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:01:18

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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III. Asturiana Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:02:42

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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IV. Jota Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:02:50

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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V. Nana Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:02:26

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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VI. Canción Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:01:24

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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VII. Polo Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:01:26

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Arranger, Ensemble, MainArtist

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España, op. 165 (Isaac Albéniz)

10
III. Malagueña Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:03:57

Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Yehoyachin Stutschewsky, Arranger - Islo Thaler, Arranger

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Danzas españolas, Op. 37 (Enrique Granados)

11
V. Andaluza Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:04:24

Enrique Granados, Composer - Luis Calvo, Arranger - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Bryan Cheng, Arranger

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El Amor brujo (Manuel de Falla)

12
Danza ritual del fuego Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:03:46

Manuel De Falla, Composer - Gregor Piatigorsky, Arranger - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

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Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22 (Joaquín Turina)

13
I. Exaltación
Silvie Cheng
00:05:14

Joaquín Turina, Composer - Silvie Cheng, Artist, MainArtist

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Suite for Cello (Gaspar Cassado)

14
I. Preludio - Fantasia
Bryan Cheng
00:06:01

Gaspar Cassadó, Composer - Bryan Cheng, Artist, MainArtist

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15
II. Sardana (Danza)
Bryan Cheng
00:04:41

Gaspar Cassadó, Composer - Bryan Cheng, Artist, MainArtist

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III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
Bryan Cheng
00:05:52

Gaspar Cassadó, Composer - Bryan Cheng, Artist, MainArtist

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Requiebros (Gaspar Cassado)

17
Requiebros for Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:04:52

Gaspar Cassadó, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

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Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (Pablo de Sarasate)

18
"Gypsy Airs" Arr. For Cello and Piano
Cheng² Duo
00:09:30

Pablo de Sarasate, Composer - Cheng² Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Bryan Cheng, Arranger

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Album Description

It’s not a typo: the duo is indeed called Cheng² Duo, in other words Duo Cheng squared. It makes sense considering the cellist is named Bryan Cheng, and the pianist Silvie (again, not a typo!) Cheng – yes, they are siblings. Despite what their last name may suggest, the Chengs are in fact from Canada and made their debuts as soloists with the country’s best orchestras before going on a world tour to pursue their now international career. The family cooperation, as a duo, led them to the present Iberian repertoire, made up almost exclusively of rewritings of works for piano, vocals and orchestra: only Turina’s Danzas fantásticas is performed in its original version for piano solo, and Cassadó’s Suite for cello solo… on cello solo, one could have guessed! What an incredible energy these two bring to the table! Some arrangements are in fact the work of big names such as Maurice Gendron, Cassadó or Piatigorsky. The Spain of Cheng² is packed with fire and flames – who could resist the Song of Wildfire, and of tenderness, of El amor brujo −, Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs) are a wonderful achievement. Here is a strong and beautiful album, presenting – with perfect conviction – well-known works but in new formats, thus shining a new musical light onto them. © SM/Qobuz

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