Team of Pianists presents the Schimmel K 256
Music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Sain-Saens, Schumann, Gottschalk and Vine to demonstrate the new Schimmel K 256 concert grand.
The Team of Pianists has already eight commercial CDs, and now the ninth is Schimmel Artist Collection: Australia's renowned Team of Pianists presenting the new Schimmel Concert Grand Piano K 256.
The Team has the honour of this CD being the inaugural recording in Schimmel's Artist Collection series. The Team of Pianists comprises four principal partner-members; Max Cooke OAM, Darryl Coote, Robert Chamberlain and Rohan Murray. As Artists-in-Residence at Glenfern Estate in East St. Kilda, they conduct regular concerts including the summer Rigg Bequest
series Classic Music in Historic Venues during the summer, and the popular series Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea in winter.
The new Schimmel K 256 Concert Grand Piano was shipped to Melbourne in August 2005, where it was unboxed and assembled in the warehouse of Bernies Music Land in Ringwood. This allowed the Team partners to rehearse and become familiar with the instrument's touch and character prior to recording in the studio. Agents for Schimmel pianos is Bernies Music Land, Ringwood, sponsors of the Team of Pianists, who made the production of this CD possible. Following delivery to the studios of Move Records in Eaglemont, the recording sessions took place in October 2005.
The selection of music comprises works for piano duet by Brahms, solos by Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Gottschalk and Vine, which sit alongside the Saint-Saens' Sonata for clarinet and piano, Opus 167, which features guest clarinettist Craig Hill from the Melbourne Symphony.
Acclaimed both for its high standards of artistry and professionalism, the Melbourne-based Team of Pianists has captivated audiences in Australia and overseas for nearly twenty years.
- No. 1 in B major Tempo giusto
- No. 2 in E major
- No. 3 in G♯ minor
- No. 4 in E minor Poco sostenuto
- No. 5 in E major Grazioso
- No. 6 in C♯ major Vivace
- No. 7 in C-sharp minor Poco più Andante
- No. 8 in B♭ major
- No. 9 in D minor
- No. 10 in G major
- No. 11 in B minor
- No. 12 in E major
- No. 13 in C major
- No. 14 in A minor
- No. 15 in A major
- No. 16 in D minor
- Étude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor Frédéric Chopin
- Reflets dans l'eau Claude Debussy
- Allegro animato
- Molto Allegro
- Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2 Robert Schumann
- The Banjo Louis Moreau Gottschalk
- Movement 1
- Movement 2
16 Waltzes for four hands Johannes Brahms
Sonata for clarinet and piano Op. 167 Camille Saint-Saëns
Piano Sonata No.1 Carl Vine
- Darryl Coote · piano · tracks 1—16 and 18
- Rohan Murray · piano · tracks 17, 25 and 26
- Robert Chamberlain · piano · tracks 19—22 and 24
- Max Cooke · piano · tracks 1—16 and 23
- Craig Hill · clarinet · tracks 19—22
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.
Frédéric François Chopin was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music and has been called "the poet of the piano".
Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions.
Robert Schumann was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic era.
Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.