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András Schiff
Peter Serkin
Music for Two Pianos

András Schiff piano
Peter Serkin piano
 
W. A. Mozart: Fugue in C Minor K 426
Sonata in D Major K 448, 375a
Max Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven op. 86
Feruccio Busoni: Fantasia contappuntistica BV 256b

Recorded November 1997
ECM New Series 1676
 
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ECM débuts for two of the greatest pianists of our time, artists of personal vision very seldom heard - as they are here - as piano duo. Recorded after an American tour in 1997, Schiff and Serkin deliver a programme that is in itself a kind of "art of fugue", beginning and ending with Mozart and embracing fugal compositions by Reger and Busoni. Serkin's rigorous asceticism and Schiff's elegant poetic touch are brought to bear on these works, as the players investigate the essential qualities of the music. A fascinating issue.