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Stravinsky / Satie: Paris Joyeux et Triste: Piano Duets

Alexei Lubimov, Slava Poprugin

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Concerto in E-Flat Major "Dumbarton Oaks" (Version for 2 Pianos)  
1
I. Tempo giusto
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
4:43
2
II. Allegretto
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
4:14
3
III. Con moto
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
5:30
Socrate (trans. by J. Cage for 2 Pianos)  
4
I. Portrait de Socrate
Erik Satie; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
5:38
5
II. Bords de I'llissus
Erik Satie; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
7:03
6
III. Mort de Socrate
Erik Satie; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
15:39
Concerto for 2 Pianos  
7
I. Con moto
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
6:23
8
II. Notturno. Adagietto
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
5:10
9
III. Quattro Variazioni
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
4:31
10
IV. Preludio e Fuga
Igor Stravinsky; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
4:59
11
Cinéma, Entr'acte symphonique from the ballet 'Relâche' (arr. by D. Milhaud for 2 Pianos)
Erik Satie; Alexei Lubimov; Slava Poprugin
1:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:23
"Four Stars ... Lubimov and Poprugin colour this rather remorselessly energized music very artfully, but it is the two works by Satie that really shine. John Cage’s austere transcription of Socrate is beautifully sculpted, its final moments ebbing away touchingly ... (Cinéma is played) with tremendous wit and energy.”
- The Guardian

“Lubimov and Poprugin deliver a top-notch version of Stravinsky's Concerto for 2 Pianos ... but the best comes last. Darius Milhaud's four hand transcription of Satie's Cinéma is sexed up by being played on a prepared piano and the chugging, chase atmosphere duly invoked matches the source material unerringly. Motoric rhythms bulldoze and collide, with quick fire repeated notes ricocheting like a rapper's cadence ..."
- Gramophone

This recital features Russian pianists Alexei Lubimov and Viacheslav Poprugin alternating pieces by Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie; the two composers became friends in the early years of the 20th century despite their very different musical personalities, a contrast well illustrated on this programme. Stravinsky made his own two piano arrangement of the "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto, while Satie’s Socrate and Cinéma are presented here in arrangements by John Cage and Darius Milhaud respectively. Pieces for two pianos, for piano four hands and for prepared piano combine on this album which mingles music and theatre, for it is the theatrical element that unites the two composers.
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Recorded From 16 to 18 June 2015 at Doppsgezind Kerk, Haarlem (Netherlands)
Recording Producer, Editing & Mastering: Franck Jaffrès (Unik Access)
Piano Tuning: Minh Kapek
English Translation: Charles Johnston
French Translation: Dennis Collins
Übersetzungen Ins Deutsche: Hilla Maria Heintz
Graphic Design: Valérie Lagarde & Gaëlle Lochner
Cover Image: Stasys Eidrigevicius
Photos: Michiel De Ruite
All photographs were taken during a rehearsal prior to a recital in the Bruno Classical Music Concert Series, Haarlem 2015
‘Portrait d’Igor Stravinsky’ par Picasso, Programme officiel des Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilew : Quatorzième saison, Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique, mai 1921 © Succession Picasso 2015

Photo © BNF, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Image BNF (p.2)
‘Portrait d’Erik Satie, 1916’ de Jean Cocteau © Adagp, paris 2015 ‘avec l’aimable autorisation de m. Pierre Bergé, Président du Comité Jean Cocteau’ (p.3)

Alpha Classics
Director: Didier Martin

Production
: Pauline Pujol
Editorial Coordinator: Amélie Boccon-Gibod

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