Incredible piano duo performs "Rite of Spring" 4-hands on Fazioli 9'2" grand!!

DON'T MISS THIS INCREDIBLE PIANO DUO! I saw them at the last Portland Piano International summer festival, and they are insane -- my jaw dropped to the floor watching these two pianists in action.

Best part: it's FREE!

DUO - Stephanie and Saar  (keep scrolling down...)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Rite of Spring"

Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m. -- BE THERE BY 6:30 !!!
Portland Piano Company
711 S.W. 14th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
(new location inside the Tiffany Center)

DUO - Stephanie and Saar will performing Stravinsky's original duo version of "Rite of Spring", celebrating the 100th anniversary of the premiere on Friday, July 26, at 7 pm. Reception to follow.

See you there!

Philip Mandel, Organizer

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thx for the great pictures, Phil!

    July 28, 2013

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    A former member

    LOVED the Beethoven, HATED the Rite of Spring (not the performance...just the piece itself). It was performed to perfection by this outstanding duo. I can understand why it caused riots when premiered...to my ears it was just "noise". I did enjoy watching the artists, though. Their precision was a joy to behold.

    July 27, 2013

    • A former member
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      I imagine you are correct, Art. It may have a totally different experience to see/hear it with ballet and orchestra.

      July 28, 2013

    • Philip M.

      I fully agree, Ramona. It's kinda "bangy" on the piano -- too percussive. The orchestral version(s) have so much color, and much wider dynamic range, it blows me away every time. Oregon Symphony did it with Gregory Vajda conducting a few years ago (I think), and again last year with Carlos conducting. There's nothing like it!

      July 28, 2013

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    A former member

    I was very impressed by these two pianists. They had absolute control over their musical gestures, a great scope dynamically, and truly brought the music "to life". I was blown away by the Beethoven as I've heard the piece as a string quartet and this transcription (and performance) moved me more than the original quartet! There were voices brought out that I hadn't heard before.
    I thought the Rite was wonderfully executed but prefer the orchestral version. While the 4 hands version was very powerful and told the story, the textures seem (to me) better expressed via orchestra than keyboard.

    3 · July 27, 2013

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      I loved the Beethoven - first time hearing it on piano. I also preferred the orchestral version of the Rite, and found the piano version somewhat monolithic, less complex and nuanced; it was so powerful it hit me viscerally - something I admired but didn't necessarily want to hear again (on piano).

      1 · July 27, 2013

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    I loved both pieces, the Beethoven was so full of humor and they played together with such a conversational style. I wished I could photograph their expressions as they traded around the phrases back and forth. Four hand piano always seems to me to have such a warmth between musicians, especially these two. For me, the Rite of Spring I found more accessible in 4 hand piano, and reading the score gave me a better connection as well to the music. I was impressed by her comments about how she avoided the piece for years because of the themes of destruction by humans against others, aiming for good by sacrifice. It seemed to me much like an epic, but its shape linked to dance. The Fazioli added to the power of both. Frescobaldi though on a piano such as this missed the boat entirely for me, I kept rephrasing it in other instrumentation as they played it.

    3 · July 27, 2013

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      I totally agree about the Frescobaldi, Beverly. Also seemed quite anti-climactic after the Rite.

      July 27, 2013

  • Christine C.

    This was definitely a 'bravura performance'.....

    1 · July 27, 2013

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    A former member

    Amazing concert. Thanks so much for organizing this.

    2 · July 27, 2013

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    A former member

    Phenomenal concert by an incredible piano duo.

    2 · July 26, 2013

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    A former member

    Simply amazing!

    1 · July 26, 2013

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    A former member

    I have 2 matching copies of the score for tomorrow, a Dover reprint from the 1913 French edition. This past spring I attended a lecture by the librarian of the Cleveland Orchestra who talked about the public domain Stravinsky orchestral scores. In particular, he went through all of the different editions of The Rite of Spring, and the errors in them. Stravinsky looked at one of the Boosey and Hawkes editions constructed from the original and wrote correction notes on nearly every page. I was sitting right next to someone from Boosey and Hawkes. It must be just too complicated to read from the original I am guessing to cause there to be errors.

    1 · July 25, 2013

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    have another engagement

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first event.

    2 · July 25, 2013

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    Would anyone like the score for this version tomorrow evening? If so, let me know and I will bring it.

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • A former member
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      I would love that Beverly. I've known about this arrangement for some time but never heard it either.

      1 · July 25, 2013

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    A former member

    I find it hard to imagine how this piece translates to piano four hand but I'm excited to hear it.

    July 22, 2013

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    A former member

    Sounds exciting!

    July 19, 2013

  • Barb

    I have had the opportunity, only one other time, to see this. Very memorable!!!

    July 11, 2013

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