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Piano duo Stephanie Kai-Win Ho and Saar Ahuvia have previously explored a wide range of music for both two pianos and one piano, from works by Guillaume de Machaut to Olivier Messiaen’s epic Visions de l’Amen. It is clear from the precision and elegant phrasing on this disc that this is a tight partnership between two pianists who have developed an implicit understanding of each other’s musicality. The articulation is clear and bright, and the pianists capture the lively spirit of the dance-like sections with character and class, evoking joyful images of tankard-swilling, pot-bellied revellers. The playing is well balanced between the two parts and there is a strong overall sense of musical line, with the lilting interactions and echoes finely balanced. Most of the transcriptions are by György Kurtág, with additional pieces by Franz Xaver Gleichauf and Max Reger.

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