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The Kipnis/Kushner Duo - Piano Four Hands
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American Record Guide Review
The Kipnis / Kushner piano duo was formed in 1995 and made its debut at a meeting of The Bohemians, a New York music club.
Since then it has performed wisely and has appeared over many radio stations. These selections were compiled from several sources - including two radio broadcasts that were not
intended to be released commercially and are therefore unedited. The Gershwin was an encore at a concert in California. Edited or not, the playing could hardly be better.
Kipnes and Kushner are thouroughly immersed in the music, but they obviously love working together.
;;;;;All of the playing is on the highest level: the highest of the highest, perhaps, is Brhams´s Liebeslieder waltzes. They are lovely, lilting andsound like they came
straight from the heart.
BEVERSLUIS American Record Guide September / October 2000
After distinguished recording careers as a harpsichordist and fortepianist, Igor Kipnis adds to his laurels, as a duo-pianinst
with Karen Kushner. Their first disc, devoted to works for four hands on a single piano, firmly establishes the team as one of the best (PACD 96030).
Brahms´s Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52a and Shubert´s Divertissment à l´Hongoise, Op. 54 are played with a sensitive musicianship.
Ravel´s Mother Goose recieves a brillian, colorful reading, enhanced by inclusion of Luscien Garban´s 1919 transcription of the opening
movements of the orchestral ballet Ravel made of the score. The remainder of the disc is devoted to delightful miniatures: the deliciously irreverent
quadrille Faur´ and Messager made of themes from Wagner´s "Ring", Calimerio Soares´s
Batucata and Gershwin´s Rialto Ripples. Fine sound.