About MultiPiano Ensemble: Rachmaninov in Forty Fingers

RachmaninovRussian Rhapsody for 2 pianos

ScriabinFantasy for 2 pianos

RachmaninovSuites Nos 1 & 2 for 2 pianos

RachmaninovRomance & Waltz for piano in 6 hands

MedtnerRound Dance for 2 pianos

ArenskyPolichinelle for 2 pianos

MultiPiano describe themselves as a “unique modular piano ensemble” and it’s easy to see why: from one piano with four hands to several pianos in a variety of multi-hand combinations, they are as fascinating to watch as they are to hear. The ensemble have been performing and recording their way through repertoire from Mozart to Shostakovich and attracting international attention from the very first note, with tours across North and South America, Europe and the Far East.

They mark the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov’s birth with several of his major works for two pianos, including the brilliant and virtuosic Russian Rhapsody, a set of variations from an 18-year-old composer, and the unashamedly romantic Suite No 1 which hints at its dedicatee, Tchaikovsky. Suite No 2 was one of the first works written after the devastatingly critical reception to his First Symphony three years earlier and is characteristically lyrical, with a demanding tarantella. Interspersed are more wonders from this golden age of multipiano music with Medtner’s charming Round Dance, Arensky’s vivacious Polichinelle (the commedia dell’arte character, Pulcinella) and Scriabin’s Fantasy that’s both wistful and stormy.

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