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Duosuos For Classical Accor

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1. Petrushka (1947 Version): Scene 1
2. Petrushka (1947 Version): Scene 2
3. Petrushka (1947 Version): Scene 3
4. Petrushka (1947 Version): Scene 4 - James Crabb/Geir Draugsvol
5. Tango (Tempo di tango)
6. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
7. Pictures at an Exhibition: Gnomus/Der Gnom
8. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promendage
9. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Old Castle
10. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
11. Pictures at an Exhibition: Tuileries
12. Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo
13. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
14. Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
15. Pictures at an Exhibition: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
16. Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
17. Pictures at an Exhibition: Limoges-The Market Place
18. Pictures at an Exhibition: Catacombae (Sepulchrum romanum-Cum mortuis in lingua mortua)
19. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga)
20. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev

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Petrouchka arranged for two accordions is not unlike the original, since the composer's push-button winds and biting, nasal strings resemble nothing if not a giant orchestral squeeze box. Little is lost in this "de-orchestration"--for example, percussion passages are dealt with by whacking the accordion's sides. Stravinsky's Tango also lies well on the instrument, but the players miss the music's ironic bite. James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll recast Pictures at an Exhibition with dazzling ingenuity. Their prim and spotless virtuosity, however, transforms Mussorgsky's raging, elemental lion into an agreeable, domestic kitty cat. Nevertheless, accordion fanciers will be enticed. Move over, Lawrence Welk! --Jed Distler

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A singular achievement, a unique pleasure April 26 2002
By Steven Strauss - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These two young Europeans have done an inspired and remarkably attentive job of translating the orchestral music of Stravinsky's Russian folk ballet "Petrushka" for their two great button accordions. The score itself seems at times to have been inspired by the quaint, wheezy dance music often played on the accordion in Old Russia, making it a particularly apt choice for this unusual duo. I have saved for last the most compelling reason to buy this disc: the level of technical skill and the range of expression on display will leave speechless any music lover in your circle who dismisses the accordion as a mistake of creation. Music of such interpretive richness and rigorousness cannot be dismissed. (I may add, if you are the sort of person who likes to dance to the music, these two will not let you down.)
The disc is rounded out by an aggressive, somewhat hurried reading of Stravinsky's usually melancholy "Tango," and a meritorous adaptation of Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition," which comes off like a reasonable compromise between the original keyboard work and the orchestrated version which made its fame. The playing throughout is nearly faultless.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So you thought accordians were for polkas Jan. 4 2007
By Best Ears in Town - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD is one of the most remarkable "sleepers" to come along for some time. The first time I heard the recording of these two guys doing Stravinsky's Petroushka I was absolutely blown away. Everything seems to be there...everything Stravinsky wanted us to hear, with uncanny musicianship these two performers do it all. Pix at an Exhibition is interesting in its own special way, but the real stand out, drop dead performance is the Stravinsky. I take back every snide joke I ever made about playing "Blackbird Gavotte" with one hand behind your belt on "the squeeze box". These guys are MASTERS and IF you can get ahold of a copy, new or used, I strongly urge you to do so