Pianists of Excellence
The Team of Pianists has achieved acclaim throughout Europe and Australia for their vitality and freshness in technique. Features solo, duo and two piano works Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Sculthorpe.
This recording was made over two days at the defunct Waverley Studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1988.
For this recording, The Team of Pianists featured Eric Raymond, Anne Bortolussi, Darryl Coote and Robert Chamberlain. The performers wrote program notes for the pieces they played individually, offering a prescient view of their relationship with the compositions through their intimate perspective.
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.
“... fine playing, well recorded ... well presented, with informative notes.”
— The Age
- Etude in E minor, Op.25, No. 5 Frédéric Chopin
- Nocturne in F♯ major, Op. 15, No.2 Frédéric Chopin
- Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op. 52 Frédéric Chopin
- Impromptu, B♭ major, Op. 142 (D935) No. 3 Franz Schubert
- Impromptu, G♭ Major, Op. 90 (D899) No. 3 Franz Schubert
- Impromptu, C minor, Op. 90 (D899), No 1 Franz Schubert
- Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 Franz Joseph Haydn
- Albumblatter, Op. 99 Robert Schumann
- Snow, Moon and Flowers Peter Sculthorpe
Klavierstucke, Op. 118 Johannes Brahms
- Robert Chamberlain · piano · tracks 11—13
- Darryl Coote · piano · tracks 7—10
- Eric Raymond · piano · tracks 1—3
- Anne Bortolussi · piano · tracks 4—6
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.
Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe is now one of Australia's best-known composers and a fine pianist. Recordings of Sculthorpe's orchestral works and music for strings have won a number of Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA).
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms.
Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
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".
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.