New York to Buenos Aires

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New York to Buenos Aries, an exotic selection of two-piano repertoire played Polish duo Art Pianos.

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About this release

This is a vibrant and exotic selection of two-piano repertoire played with dedication and flair by the young Polish duo Art Pianos. This distinctive and eclectic disc takes the listener on a journey through the Americas, kicking off in NYC with a classic of two-piano repertoire: Percy Grainger’s virtuosic, jazz-tinged ramble on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

However, not all the choices are so predictable and many demonstrate the wide influence of chôro, a Brazilian popular tradition of instrumental music, with compositions influenced by the genre from the founding fathers of Brazilian concert music – Villa-Lobos and Radamés Gnattali – alongside vernacular examples by Paulinho da Viola and Carlos Jobim, huge stars of Brazilian popular culture. Taking in the evergreen Jamaican Rumba by Arthur Benjamin and the dynamic Danzon no.2 of Marquez (popularised by Dudamel in its original orchestral version), the journey winds down in Buenos Aires with two Piazzolla classics in charismatic and definitive arrangements by the bandoneonist’s own pianist. This is a disc for lovers of jazz and Latin inspired music, and will appeal in equal measure to the piano enthusiast as it will to the fan of Brazilian popular music.[/read]

Producers’ Notes

Percy Grainger: Fantasy on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (1951)

George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess during 1934—5. The ‘American folk opera’ is based on a play about a beggar in Charleston, South Carolina, which was written and adapted by DuBose Heyward. Gershwin wrote part of Porgy and Bess when living on an island near Charleston during the summer of 1934. During the 1940s Percy Grainger became enthusiastic about the music of Gershwin and in 1944 he performed his Piano Concerto. He considered him one of the world’s supreme melodists and referred to The Man I Love as one of the great love songs of all times. Being a brilliant pianist possessed of great improvisational skills, Grainger would frequently play Gershwin’s music in solo, and with his wife Ella, duo and duet arrangements. Starting in 1944, several Grainger transcriptions of Gershwin songs were published, culminating in 1951 with the appearance of an extended arrangement of themes from Porgy and Bess. The Fantasy consists of the following sections: ‘Introduction’, ‘My Man’s Gone Now’, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, ‘Clara, Don’t You Be Down-hearted’, ‘Strawberry Woman’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Oh, I Can’t Sit Down’, ‘Bess, You Is My Woman Now’ , ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuthin’’, and ‘I’m on My Way’.Read more

About the artists

Art Pianos (Irena Powell & Małgorzata Jackowska)

ArtPianos duo was founded in 2010 in Gliwice, Poland, by Małgorzata Jackowska and Irena Jakuboszczak (now Irena Powell). The two pianists were introduced by a mutual friend – a composer from Lviv – Ulyana Biłan-Leżańska – in the marvellous Kawiarnia Z Pasją (Café With Passion) in their home town, and they decided to play together there and then.

Irena Jakuboszczak studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with Joanna Domańska.

Małgorzata Jackowska studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków with Danuta Mroczek-Szlezer, including a post-graduate chamber music programme. After their studies both pianists took up teaching posts and were active as chamber musicians. The duo’s choice of repertoire reflects the performers’ wide musical interests and, as such, ranges from music originating in the Balkans to South America including the chorô tradition of Brazil.

  • Fantasy On Gershwin's Porgy And Bess - Percy Grainger
  • Meu Amigo Radamés - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Danzón No. 2 - Arturo Marquez
  • Jamaican Rumba - Arthur Benjamin
  • Brasiliana No. 8: I. Schottische - Radamés Gnattali
  • Brasiliana No. 8: II. Valsa - Radamés Gnattali
  • Brasiliana No. 8: III. Chõro. Tocata - Radamés Gnattali
  • Sarau Para Radamés - Paulinho da Viola
  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, W246: Introdução. Embolada - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, W246: Prelúdio. Modinha - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, W246: Fuga. Conversa - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Milonga - Astor Piazzolla
  • Adios Nonino - Astor Piazzolla
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR018

Art Pianos Irena Powell & Małgorzata Jackowska
Instruments (Steinway & Fazioli)

Photography Veroniq Zafon
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Jonathan Powell
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 14, 15 April, 2013
Venue Music School in Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Total Duration 79 mins

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