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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps; Petrouchka ()

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For this 2011 release on Mirare, Lidija and Sanja Bizjak present Igor Stravinsky's complete music for piano four hands, including the spectacular transcriptions of the ballets Petrushka and Le Sacre du printemps. These are challenging versions of 20th century orchestral masterpieces, and the complexities of the rhythms and changing meters are enough to trip up many capable musicians. However, not only have these pianists mastered Stravinsky's intricate beats and accents, they have translated the scores into the piano's varied palette and created music that is not only metrically precise but uncannily similar to the timbres of the original orchestration. This is the Bizjak sisters' debut recording, and the display of virtuosity here is so astonishing, one has to ask why it has taken ten years since they formed the duo to be recorded. The care and musicianship they have put into these performances really show, not only in the clarity of inner voices and the myriad details that they draw out, but also in... Hide synopsis

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