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  • Lowell Liebermann: 2 Impromptus, Op. 131:
  • 1No. 1, Limpido con molto rubato04:57
  • 2No. 2, Molto lento e sereno03:19
  • Michael Torke:
  • 3Blue Pacific08:11
  • Gabriela Lena Frank:
  • 4Nocturno Nazqueño08:16
  • Avner Dorman: 3 Études:
  • 5No. 1, Snakes & Ladders02:04
  • 6No. 2, Funeral March03:21
  • 7No. 3, Sundrops over Windy Water03:05
  • John Musto: Improvisation & Fugue:
  • 8Improvisation04:01
  • 9Fugue05:06
  • Michael Brown: Piano Suite:
  • 10I. Prelude00:58
  • 11II. Chant02:51
  • 12III. Fugue01:08
  • 13IV. Finale01:52
  • Walter Piston: Concerto for 2 Pianos (Arr. for Piano Duo):
  • 14I. Allegro non troppo07:34
  • 15II. Adagio08:36
  • 16III. Con spirito04:32
  • Total Runtime01:09:51

Info zu Stecher & Horowitz Commissions

Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, the acclaimed American piano duo known as Stecher & Horowitz since 1951, are equally celebrated in the world of music education. Their biannual New York International Piano Competition has recognized some of the best young pianists of our time. The competition has also commissioned original works from important composers of our day. These works are presented on this album, some for the first time, performed by some of the notable prize-winners of the competition. Also included is the premiere recording of the two-piano version of Walter Piston’s Concerto for Two Pianos, written for Stecher & Horowitz.

"Duo pianists Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz joined forces in 1951. Later in their career they established their own foundation and created the New York International Piano Competition, which has launched the careers of quite a few young pianists. The competition, unlike others, has also commissioned original works, and some of those are presented here. It would seem a no-brainer that new music helps to renew a tradition, but having music and performance proceed hand in hand like this is a rare thing. The performers are young New York International Piano Competition prize-winners, and to a one they find the music sympathetic. Standouts are Mackenzie Melamed's performance of Avner Dorman's Three Etudes, which bring real piano-friendly virtuosity to a modern Ligeti-like idiom, and the Concerto for Two Pianos Soli of Walter Piston (not a competition-commissioned work but one written for Stecher and Horowitz themselves), which is richly in need of revival. But the whole program is enjoyable, accessible, and varied. Recommended, with fine Steinway Hall sound." (James Manheim, AMG)

Aristo Sham, piano
Charlie Albright, piano
Daniel Kim, piano
Mackenzie Melemed, piano
Leann Osterkamp, piano
Anna Han, piano
Matthew Graybil, piano
Larry Weng, piano

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