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Beauties and Beasts - Music for Piano Four Hands
Beauties and Beasts - Music for Piano Four Hands (Leatham Music LM200)
SKU: 15304
AU $18.14

Label: Leatham Music Cat. No.: LM200 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

Olga Kharitonova and Igor Machlak perform duets on an Australian Stuart & Sons Grand Piano.

Since moving to Australia in 1995, Russian born Igor Machlak and Olga Kharitonova have continued to develop their careers as performers and teachers, specializing in piano duets and repertoire for two pianos. They have made recent appearances with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and at the 2010 Adelaide Festival.

The duo's busy performance schedule has taken them to China and Southern Eastern Asia as well as return trips to Russia. Currently they lecture at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Music.

"Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky were composed in almost the same year, but there is no doubt as to who is 'The Beauty' and who is 'The Beast'. The evocative and quintessential Ravelian set of five pieces, based on Charles Perrault's fairy tales, transcend you to a beautiful and comforting heaven. Even the Beast in it is quite adorable!

The Russian genius Stravinsky, on the other hand, wanted to "send them all to hell". He conveyed the brutality and sheer madness of hell by using dissonance for its own sake. The Rite of Spring caused a riot at its Paris premiere in 1913, and announced a new era in music and art.

Composed effortlessly and, no doubt, 'on the go', the Schubert Waltzes always managed to fascinate the next generations of composers, such as Liszt and Prokofiev. They even tried to re-arrange the waltzes, looking for a greater effect, but in their original state their simplicity and purity are most enjoyable. These pieces compete perfectly for the 'Beauty' title.

It was while touring with Hungarian violinist Eduard Remenyi that Brahms heard many original Hungarian and Gypsy folk tunes. He most probably felt like he had stumbled across a golden nugget. The result, in 1869, was a collection of Hungarian Dances for piano duet which brought Brahms huge success and tons of money! All but one of the dances borrowed material and their passionate and free-spirited nature is a startling contrast to the fragility and intimacy of Schubert's waltzes."
- Igor Machlak. More details.

Artists: Olga Kharitonova (piano), Igor Machlak (piano).
Composers: Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, Stravinsky.
MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)


Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
Petit Poucet
Laideronnette, imperatrice des pagodes
Le jardin feerique



The Rite of Spring, Part 1

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)


Waltzes Op.18a



Hungarian Dance No. 6
Hungarian Dance No. 7
Hungarian Dance No. 8
Hungarian Dance No. 9
Hungarian Dance No. 5
Hungarian Dance No. 1
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15304
Label: Leatham Music
Catalog #: LM200
Price: AU $18.14   

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