Stravinsky: Music for Four Hands
2008 release. The complete Stravinsky recordings made for Nonesuch by pianists Paul Jacobs and Ursula Oppens are coupled with a New York recital Jacobs gave to illustrate the influence of jazz in 20th century classical music. With Aaron Copland present, Jacobs plays his "Four Piano Blues" and, with the composer, both give his "Danzón Cubano." Original text by Jacobs and spoken commentary make this a unique view of how he witnessed up close many great influences on contemporary music. Paul Jacobs, a Bronx native, left the repressive USA of the 1950s for the intellectual and freer climate of Paris, where he mingled and championed contemporary music. Back in New York, he was the New York Philharmonic's pianist and made groundbreaking recordings of old and new music. A familiar of Stravinsky's, he and Oppens play his Petrushka ballet's orchestral score as a piano four hands work. Jacobs's career was put to an end when he was among the first great musicians to die with the outbreak of AIDS in 1983. Arbiter keeps his art alive by offering these long out-of-print recordings with rediscovered live performances. Also includes performances of compositions by Debussy, Schönberg, William Bolcom, and Frederic Rzewski.