Andsnes & Hamelin: Music of Stravinsky for Two Pianos

February 15, 2018, 9:00 am

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Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin have captured on disc the collaboration that has, in live performance, been hailed as “a keyboard partnership of titans.” The centerpiece of the album is The Rite of Spring. First heard in public when the composer played through its opening half with Debussy, the piano four-hands arrangement was also the first version to be published. For their two-piano arrangement, Andsnes and Hamelin have included a number of passages from the orchestral version that were missing from the four-hand original. Rounding out the album are the Concerto for Two Pianos and three short pieces that Andsnes and Hamelin played as encores on tour.