The Team of Pianists - Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart features works for piano duet, two and three pianos from both ends of the globe. Includes the first Australian recording of the Bruch 'Concerto for two pianos and orchestra'


The Team of Pianists - Worlds Apart

This new CD, by The Team of Pianists, features a wonderful selection of music for piano duet, two and three pianos from both ends of the globe. French works for four hands are heard beside works for two pianos by Australian composers, including Sutherland, Hyde, Grainger and Broadstock, and a Bach organ fugue arranged specially for the team by Australian, Terrence Hays.

But the most significant work on the CD is the premiere Australian recording of Max Bruch's magnificent 'Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra'. Performed by Darryl Coote and Robert Chamberlain, ably supported by the New Monash Orchestra, conducted by André de Quadros.

But for a strange twist of fate, this concerto for two pianos and orchestra by Max Bruch may have been lost to posterity. Conceived in 1904 as a Suite for orchestra and organ, Bruch made several modifications over the following years, resulting in the final version in 1915, which he presented to two former students of his, Rose and Ottlie Sutro. The Sutro sisters gave the premiere in Philadelphia in December 1916, and almost immediately began to rewrite the work, accommodating it to their apparently modest technical skills. In 1970 Ottlie Sutro died aged 98 and her effects were auctioned. The manuscript of the double concerto was found in a trunk, purchased for $11 by Nathan Twining. He, together with the pianist Martin Berkofsky succeeded in repurchasing the orchestral parts from the other buyers at the sale and restored the doctored version of the Sutros back to Bruch's original (1915) form. The work was nearly lost again when Twining and Berkofsky had a disagreement over the ownership of copyright.

Track Listing

Sonata (Poulenc)
Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda (Hyde)
Petite Suite (Debussy)
En Bateau (Debussy)
Cortège (Debussy)
Menuet (Debussy)
Ballet (Debussy)
Pavan (Sutherland)
Canonical Piece (Sutherland)
Molly on the Shore (Grainger)
Fugue in D major for three pianos (Bach arr. Hays)
Boolee (Broadstock)

Concerto for two pianos and orchestra Op. 88a (Bruch)