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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Classical - Released August 24, 2018 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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No, no, our famous pianist-sisters aren't on all the tracks in this Basque compilation, it's not just them, and it's not just piano being played: there is also some fortepiano, including some very ancient models (or copies). The compilation runs through different types of Basque music: folk, religious, in some cases imaginary (Ravel's Bolero arranged for two pianos by the composer himself, but with the addition of a lot of Basque percussion instruments played by no fewer than five percussionists!), from the 16th to the 21st century. In short, it is an excellent way of discovering contemporary Basque music, as well as more historic works. Alongside the sisters, we will hear the famous countertenor Carlos Mena (himself Basque by birth), the vocal ensemble Escolanía Easo Araoz Gazte, and the tenor Thierry Biscary. Rarer still, the piece Bateran uses the txalaparta, one of the most popular instruments in the Basque Country: a unique contraption made of wooden planks that two players hammer rhythmically with sticks. It's not far off a semandron, a kind of wooden bell used in orthodox rites (and, further back still, Christian rites before the Great Schism), before bronze clocks were developed; the semandron was still used in Romania as part of the call to prayer. In short, this is a gateway to a fascinating world, unknown to most listeners, and thanks to the Labèque sisters – themselves both originally from Bayonne, which may explain something – we can all now discover it. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 9, 1989 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 26, 1992 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 10, 1995 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 5, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 15, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released August 24, 2018 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Pop/Rock - Released June 27, 1989 | Sony Classical