Fantastic Resonance from the Süddeutsche Zeitung for Tal & Groethuysen
The Süddeutsche Zeitung sings an unparalleled hymn of praise for two of this year's CD recordings by the piano duo, Tal & Groethuysen. All the talk concerns the February 2014 release of the Czerny-Mozart-CD and the recording of "Petite messe solennelle" by Gioachino Rossini, released in April, 2014.
The new Czerny-Mozart-CD also received high praise by the Ostthüringer Zeitung in its June 23rd, 2014 issue.
Excerpts from the article "Sanft und wild" (Gentle and Wild) from the June 16th, 2014 issue of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
By Michael Stallknechts
“When Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen play four-handed or on two pianos, their four hands usually sound like two.”
“The majority of what the Israeli-born Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen from Munich have tackled in their over-20-year career, has achieved reference recording status.”
"With its two-piano and harmonium accompaniment, this [Petite messe solennelle] is considered one of the most unusual musical scores of the Latin mass. Many performances of this late work from 1863 are, due to practical reasons, limited to one piano in addition to harmonium (which is used only in select passages). Tal & Groethuysen demonstrates how mistaken this is and how much more dialogue, depth and strength is created through the use of two pianos."
Excerpts from the article, “>Ballspiel< mit Melodiefloskeln (>Ball game< with melodic narrative): Mozart & Czerny with Tal & Groethuysen" from the June 23rd, 2014 issue of the Ostthüringer Zeitung
by Nastasia Tietze
“The prominent duo performs the slow movements with great freedom and clear agogics, flexibly embedded by the orchestra.”
“Like a ball game, they throw melodic narrative back and forth or alternate accompaniment and solo roles. Throughout all this, Tal & Groethuysen's sound remains remarkably homogenous, as if one person would be playing both grand pianos.”
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