Tournament for Twenty Fingers: Emma Abbate, Julian Perkins

July 6, 2022, 9:00 am

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Initially enjoying popularity first in Germany-speaking lands and then in France, the genre of the piano duet (four hands, one piano) went on to blossom in England during the 20th century. On this album, Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins present the complete works for piano duet by each of the composers selected: Lennox Berkeley, Richard Arnell, Stephen Dodgson, and Constant Lambert. Dodgson’s suite Tournament for Twenty Fingers, which gives its title to this disc, is especially full of fun while ending with a homage to the Czech composers Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček.