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Rimsky-Korsakov - Piano Duos - Nottingham Evening Post


02 November 2007
Nottingham Evening Post
Peter Palmer
3 Stars

Rimsky-Korsakov was a master of orchestration, both of his own music and when completing unfinished pieces by others. So it seems a bit perverse to present three of his most colourful works in arrangements for piano four hands. What sounds imposing on an orchestra can seem merely laboured on the keyboard, and that impression isn't altogether avoided in Rimsky's arrangement of Scheherazade. His Capriccio Espagnol, with its infectious rhythms, still captivates on the piano. Most effective in this form is the version of his early Sadko that was made by Rimsky's future bride Nadezhda. Artur Pizarro and his Lithuanian partner Vita Panomariovaite play immaculately, albeit in a somewhat clinical ambience.
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