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B like Britain
Melodiya, 2019
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B like Britain
Third volume of the « 2-pianos originals project »

Arnold Bax (1883–1953)
Hardanger (1927) - The Poisoned Fountain (1928) - Moy Mell (1916)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Two Pieces, Op. 23

York Bowen (1884–1961)
Theme and variations for two pianos, Op. 139

Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012)
Divertimento for two pianos (1974)

Ludmila Berlinskaya, Arthur Ancelle - pianos

Recorded at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Sound engineer – Maria Soboleva

The anecdote : if the previous recordings had stylistic consistency (Belle Epoque, Russian Last Romantics), here the album is bound by the letter "B" - nonetheless,  it still has that deceiving coldness, that humour, that detachment along with that energy, truly British characteristics that run like a golden thread through the whole album.
Bax and Britten wrote their works for 2 pianos for the famous piano duo of English pianists Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson.

Pizzicato (Luxemburg) - October 2019

Remy Franck

"Without exception, we hear technically superior interpretations that are also musically convincing, since Ancelle and Berlinskaya characterize the music perfectly. (...) And so this is an inspiring CD that can only be recommended."