Igor and Olga Piano Duo take the listener on a first-class musical journey, with their debut CD Bon Voyage, featuring inspirational piano duo pieces from around the world.
Starting in America with Bernstein's 'America', then on to Germany where you will sample the intimate delights of Brahms' 'Walzer'. After that, visit Russia for Rachmaninov's Three Duets and four pieces from Gavrillin's 'Sketches for Piano Duet'. The journey then continues to Spain with Ravel's 'Rhapsodie Espagnole' and Moszkowski's 'Dances Espagnole', finally concluding in Australia with Grainger's 'Lets Dance Gay in Green Meadow'.
This husband and wife duo are as exilharating to watch as they are to listen to. After enjoying successful solo careers in Russia and Europe, Igor and Olga formed the piano duo in Moscow shortly after marrying. It gave them the opportunity to create music together but also to explore the piano duo repertoire with its rich textures and powerful dynamic and expressive capabilities.
As a duo, they have been first-place and prize-winners in several international piano-duo competitions and since emigrating to Melbourne in 1995 have performed at Melba Hall, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Castlemaine Festival and on the ABC's Sunday Live.
Since moving to Australia in 1995, the Igor and Olga Piano Duo has given a series of recitals and has drawn the immediate attention of both professional musicians and musical critics.
“this is an attractive program from a talented piano duo.”
— Andrew Scott, The Sunday Age
- West Side Story America Leonard Bernstein
- No. 1 (B major)
- No. 2 (E major)
- No. 3 (G sharp minor)
- No. 4 (E minor)
- No. 5 (E major)
- No. 6 (C sharp major)
- No. 7 (C sharp minor)
- No. 8 (B flat major)
- No. 9 (D minor)
- No. 10 (G major)
- No. 11 (B minor)
- No. 12 (E major)
- No. 13 (C major)
- No. 14 (A minor)
- No. 15 (A major)
- No. 16 (D minor)
- The Little Clock
- Prélude à la nuit
- No. 1
- No. 2
- No. 3
- No. 4
- No. 5 (Bolero)
- Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow Percy Grainger
Walzer Op. 39 Johannes Brahms
Three Duets from Op. 11 Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sketches Valery Gavrilin
Rhapsodie Espagnole Maurice Ravel
Dances Espagnole, Op.12 Moritz Moskowski
Many consider Ravel as a major composer for the piano as well as a genius of orchestration. But it is always a surprise to discover how few works make up his total output for the instrument. All his compositions for piano can be performed in under two and one half hours.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period. In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.
Larger-than-life Lenny - a phenomenally gifted composer, conductor, teacher, performer; an unflaggingly enthusiastic, brash, enormously complex musician; a man dedicated to breaking down personal, political and musical barriers between people.