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MESSIAEN, O.: Visions de l'Amen / DEBUSSY, C.: En blanc et noir (Oppens, Lowenthal)

Composer(s):Debussy, ClaudeMessiaen, Olivier
Artist(s) Lowenthal, Jerome, piano • Oppens, Ursula, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue CDR90000-119
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps


Review By Claude Gingras,,January 2011

Les pianistes américains Ursula Oppens et Jerome Lowenthal ont uni leurs 20 doigts autour d’une brillante idée: un programme jumelant les sept Visions de l’Amen de Messiaen et le triptyque En blanc et noir de Debussy. Ce sont les deux oeuvres françaises les plus connues du répertoire moderne pour deux pianos. (Tout aussi familière, la brève suite Scaramouche de Milhaud aurait pu figurer sur ce disque qui ne fait qu’une heure.)


Review By Anna Reguero,Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,December 2010

This Cedille release features a pair of pianists who are contemporary music masters. Performing two French wartime works, Messiaen’s “Visions de L’Amen” and Debussy’s “En blanc et noir,” Oppens and Lowenthal are masterful at extracting sustained tension and delayed release from these scores.


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