Symphony No.1 in Ab major Opus 55 (3) Edward Elgar Download 'Symphony No.1 in Ab major Opus 55 (3)' on iTunes
Claire Chevallier and Jos van Immersel nimble fingers give works by, amongst others, Saint-Saëns and Franck a wonderful kick
Composer: Saint-Saëns, Franck, Infante, Poulenc
Repertoire: Pieces for Two Pianos
Artists: Claire Chevallier, Jos van Immersel (piano duo)
Label: Zig Zag ZZT 030903
On its own, this would be a well-played but otherwise unremarkable two-piano recital, though Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre and Franck’s Prélude, Fugue et Variations are rarely heard in these arrangements. What makes this disc special is the sound of the two pianos – Erard Grands of 1897 and 1904. Though stylistically anachronistic in the works by Infante and Poulenc, they bring a delicious piquancy to these attractive scores.