TwoPianists comprises the Stellenbosch based Luis Magalhães and Nina Schumann. The husband and wife duo partners met at the University of North Texas, having both studied under the renowned Vladimir Viardo. The TwoPianists duo itself was formed in 1999.
As individual performers, neither Magalhães nor Schumann are strangers to the concert stage. Their collaboration as TwoPianists has met equal success. TwoPianists has performed on stages in the United States, Europe, Africa and Japan. Their first release, for Universal Records, was a recording of the complete works of Rachmaninoff. This album was the first recording under their successfull record label hence the celebratory nature of the title of this phenomenal CD: TwoPianists. The works recorded on this CD include two pieces based on a famous theme by the legendary virtuoso violinist, Nicolò Paganini. The first of these is Constantin Silvestri’s arrangement of Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini (op. 35). Both of the books that comprise this sonic catalogue of piano technique are recorded on this CD. A more modern but equally virtuositic work based on Paganini’s theme is Witold Lutosławski’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1941), a tour de force of modern virtuosity.
Several other works for two pianos are featured on this album. The recording engineer involved in the production of this disc was Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, a 6-time Grammy Award winner.
Pianos: Nina Schumann & Luis Magalhães
Cat. #: TP1039022
Label: TwoPianists Records
Recorded at: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa - June 16 - 20, 2008
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