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Le Sacre

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Featured works: "En Blanc Et Noir" (1914/15) for two pianos and "Six Épigraphes Antiques" (1915) for piano four hands by Claude Debussy (1862-1918); "Sonata For Two Pianos" (1943/44) and "Le Sacre Du Printemps" (1912) (version for piano four hands) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Performed by: GrauSchumacher Piano Duo (Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher). "Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy, although contemporaries, followed very different musical paths. Whereas Stravinsky went on the attack with shocking new rhythmic and metric devices, Debussy revolutionized music in a much more subtle way: with harmonic schemes that are no longer rooted in tonality, and a musical language that offers a freedom not found in the cold logic of Stravinsky, banning herewith constructivist moments via an approach to open form never previously encountered. That gainsaid, the two composers influenced each other strongly and even learned from each other during a short phase of their creativity. This was the Europe of the post-1914 era, with all its portentous outcomes. Debussy was fascinated with the explosive power of 'Sacre'; Stravinsky -- for his part -- recognized around this time Debussy's modernity, to which his groundbreaking cantata 'Le Roi Des Étoiles' was dedicated, a work composed as early as 1911. And even if both composers finally went their own way, for a short moment in time their ideas augmented each other and led to a kind of cross-fertilization despite the fundamentally dissimilar nature of their musical vision." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.