Some years ago, we almost simultaneously came across two works, unknown even in the piano duo world and dealing with Johann Sebastian Bach each in an entirely different way: first, the Contrapuntal Studies by Ignaz Moscheles, in which he composed a concertizing second piano to 10 Preludes of the „Well-Tempered Clavier“, and second, Robert Schumann's Six Fugues on the name BACH for Pedal piano. This colossus, which can be heard in our time only on the organ every now and then, seemed to long for an alternative piano shape, which we now present to the public with our four-hands-transcription.
Both cycles fascinated us enormously, in their individual mastership as well as through the total contrast of their nature: Moscheles absolutely free and playful, Schumann, on the other hand, writing in the strict style and longing for contrapuntal perfection.
To complete the album, we decided to choose a work right in the middle between these extremes: Carl Reineckes Bach Variations for piano four hands. The initial point here is Bachs Sarabande from the 1st French Suite, whose dark oscillation must have put Reinecke evidently under its spell.
In order to present this multitude of Bach transformations, with their friction between the baroque and romantic era, in an intriguing way, we have dramaturgically structured the CD. Thus, two Moscheles Preludes and one Schumann Fugue form an unity - this formation experiences many atmospheric conversions as the album goes along and, finally, leads to the triumph of the the last fugue's finale. After that, Bach's original Sarabande starts the last track, with Reinecke's expressive variations and a surprisingly contemplative ending.
We hope you enjoy listening and discovering!
Lucia Huang & Sebastian Euler
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HIGHEST RATING AT KLASSIK HEUTE
These performances by Duo d’Accord are far better than any previously released, being fresh, rhythmically supple, and lyrical expressive by turns
CLASSICS TODAYRomanticism of the highest level
PIANO NEWSLucia Huang and Sebastian Euler are to be thanked for this Weber initiative in every way!
Klassik Heute...a must, not only for piano fans but also for anyone who likes excitement and surprises
BR KLASSIKLucia Huang and Sebastian Euler open up a window into the realms of tranquility, sometimes towards a playground, sometimes towards paradise
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We need to be thankful for a team like Duo d'Accord for overcoming all the difficulties and giving us one of the greatest Schubert releases ever.
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDETheir ensemble is razor-sharp, their sound always perfectly balanced, and their conception grand and expressive.
FANFARE (USA)They sound out the composition to the bottom of the finest details and create a moving expressiveness
PIZZICATOThey both hurl themselves into the music with speed and momentum, maintaining excellent balance in both sound and form
Pizzicato Supersonic Award
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A marvellous meditative piano performance
BR KLASSIKa resounding success
PIANO NEWSThey provide the necessary structural transparency on the one hand, whilst not sparing the evocative magical sound on the other
NEUE ZUERCHER ZEITUNGIt is remarkable how from two grand pianos a third, previously unheard instrument develops that is completely different
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
This is first-class piano playing
FANFARE (USA)An uncompromising atmospheric kaleidoscope
PIANO NEWSThe Taiwanese pianist and her German partner have proved themselves outstanding interpreters of Schumann
KLASSIK HEUTELucia Huang and Sebastian Euler demonstrate sparkling vigour and an art of differentiation which enables them to convey the very depths of Schumann’s emotions.
FONO FORUMSchumann deserves nothing less than these brilliant interpreters of his works.
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HIGHEST RATING AT FONO FORUM
This album not only offers a very special kind of performance but also amounts to a rehabilitation of Reger’s piano music.
FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNGThe music retains its lightness, its mischievious humour and – something largely unassociated with Reger – its casual conversational rhythm.
FONO FORUMA fulminant Reger rehabilitation and a testimony of outstanding artistry
DER BUND (CH)Compared with other performances of Reger, the pianists’ great sensitivity to tone and integration of surprising effects render this a much friendlier interpretation to the ear.
PIANO NEWSWith this, their debut album in the world of classical music, Duo d’Accord immeditately moves into the upper strata of performers of piano music for four hands.