It Takes Two to Tango

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Bill starts by sharing tunes with two musical lines, where one line goes up while the other goes down to create a counter melody, to complex sonatas like Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for violin and piano. EM will feature remarkable performances of musicians working in tandem playing Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. We’ll also savor the great love duets of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner. Oh, and, don’t miss the cat duets of Rossini and Ravel!


Episode 1

J.S. Bach: Inventions Nos. 8 & 6
Peter Serkin, piano
Inventions Sinfonias
RCA Victor Red Seal 68594; :51,2:46

J.S. Bach: Invention No. 6
Kennedy, violin; Harrel, violoncello
Duos for Violin & Cello
EMI 56963; 3:33

J.S. Bach: Invention No. 13
B. Fleck, banjo; Glennie, marimba
Perpetual Motion
Sony 89610; 1:31

Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata No. 1 from 6 Canonic Sonatas
Schulz, flute; Schellenberger, oboe
Six Duets
Sony Classics SK 58965; 4:10

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in d minor
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Manze & Podger, violins
Solo & Double Violin
Harmonia Mundi France HMU 907155; 14:16

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin & Oboe, I
L.A.Chamber/Kahane; Hahn, violin; Vogel, oboe
DG 474199; 3:09

Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin & Cello, II & III
Cleveland/Szell; Oistrakh, violin; Rostropovich, violoncello
Violin Concerto & Double Concerto
His Master’s Voice SLS 786; 16:37

Episode 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Duo No. 8, K. 487
Ab Koster, Knut Hasselmann horns
A Musical Joke
Sony 46702; ​1:23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Bassoon & Cello, K. 292, II & III
Gary Stucka, violoncello; Bruce Grainger, bassoon
Music for Bassoon, Piano and Cello
Centaur 2244; ​4:34, 3:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Violin & Piano, K. 481, II
Perlman, violin; Barenboim, piano
Mozart The Violin Sonatas
DG 431673; 8:58

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 (excerpt)
Marlboro Festival Orch/ Schneider; Rudolf and Peter Serkin, pianos
Mozart Concerto No.10 for Two Pianos, K365 Rudolf Serkin, Peter Serkin
Sony 46255; ​6:44

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Excerpts from: The Marriage of Fiagro, Cosi fan Tutti & Don Giovanni
Orchestra del Acadamia Nationale de Santa Cecilia/ Chung; Bartoli, soprano; Terfel, baritone
Cecilia & Bryn Duets
Decca 458 928; ​10:35, 6:31, 3:08

Episode 3

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major for Violin & Piano,“Kreutzer,” I
Perlman, violin; Ashkenazy, piano
Beethoven: Sonatas “Kreutzer” & “Spring”
London 410554; 11:46

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1, I
P. Frank, violin; P. Serkin, piano
The Violin Sonatas /Pamela Frank & Peter Serkin
Decca 455 643; 9:30

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violoncello & Piano, Op. 99, I
Ma, violoncello; Ax, piano
Sonatas For Cello and Piano
Sony 48191; 9:16

Richard Strauss: Duet Concertino
CSOMembers/Barenboim; Combs, clarinet; McGill, bassoon
Wind Concertos
Teldec 23913; 19:47

Episode 4

Gioachino Rossini: “Cat Duet”
Schwarzkopf & De Los Angeles, sopranos; Moore, piano
Le Duo Des Chats
EMI 49794; 3:03

Giuseppe Verdi: “Un di, felice” & “Parigi, o cara” from La Traviata
National Phil/ Bonynge; Pavarotti & Sutherland, soloists
La Traviata
Decca 430 491; 3:33, 4:55

Giuseppe Verdi: “Gianella notte densa” from Othello
Vienna Phil/ Solti; Cossutta & Price, soloists
Verdi/Othello/Vienna Phil/ Solti; Cossutta & Price
Decca 001651102; ​9:30

Giuseppe Verdi: Act II, Scene 1 duet from Don Carlos
Covent Garden/ Giulini; Domingo & Milnes
Don Carlos
EMI CDM 63089; 9:27

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Walter
Wagner: Die Walküre Act 1 / Walter, Melchior, Lehmann, List
EMI 61020; 3:56

Giacomo Puccini: “Chegelida manina” & “O suave fanciulla” from La Boheme
BPO/Karajan; Pavarotti & Freni, soloists
La Boheme
Decca 421 049; 4:39, 4:11

Maurice Ravel: “Cat Duet”
LSO/ Previn; Huttenlocher & Finnie, soloists
L’Enfant et les Sortileges
EMI 47169; 4:29

Episode 5

Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
Shifrin, clarinet; Watts, piano
The Complete Chamber Music of Claude Debussy
Delos 3167; 8:29

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violoncello, I
Gary Hoffman, violoncello; David Golub, piano
The Complete Chamber Music of Claude Debussy
Delos 3167; 4:19

Maurice Ravel: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, I & II
Laredo, violin; Robinson, violoncello
Ravel: Works For Piano, Violin and Cello
Arabesque 6736; 7:41

Samuel Barber: Souvenirs (excerpts from)
Slatkin, Browning, pianos
Symphony No. 1 / Piano Concerto
RCA 60732; 10:15, 2:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 (excerpts from)
Vienna Phil/ Harnoncourt; Kremer, violin; Kashkashian, viola
Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 / Violin Concerto Violinkonzert No.1
DG 453043; ​17:32