A Touch of Class


Catalogue No: DDV 24146
EAN/UPC: 809730414626
Composers: , , , , , , , ,
Release Date: February 2010
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 70:49
Sample: Introduction and Royal March of the Lion (Carnival of the Animals)

21-year-old identical twins Rachel and Vanessa Fuidge have all that it takes to become one of our very best piano duos – skill and personality. In 2005, as the tender age of 17, they made a CD for Dunelm which was well received though only distributed in a limited way; we have taken the best of the tracks from that album and added three major works recorded in the summer of 2009 to produce this new CD. The music was recorded in ‘single takes’ as for a live performance – no recourse to thousands of edits… and the programme which includes several jazz-inspired pieces is an absolute joy. A disc to brighten any day or mood!

Track Listing

    Philip Lane:

  1. Mouvement Perpetuel (from ‘Badinages’) (2:47)
  2. Darius Milhaud:

  3. I. Scaramouche – I Vif (3:07)
  4. II. Scaramouche – II Modere (3:23)
  5. III. Scaramouche – III Brazileira (3:04)
  6. Edvard Grieg:

  7. Norwegian Dance No. 2 (2:12)
  8. Anitra’s Dance (from Peer Gynt) (3:24)
  9. Afredo Casella:

  10. I. Pupazzetti – 5 Pezzi facili – I. Marcetta (0:46)
  11. II. Pupazzetti – 5 Pezzi facili – II. Berceuse (1:37)
  12. III. Pupazzetti – 5 Pezzi facili – III. Serenata (1:19)
  13. IV. Pupazzetti – 5 Pezzi facili – IV. Notturnino (1:59)
  14. V. Pupazzetti – 5 Pezzi facili – V. Polca (1:52)
  15. George Gershwin:

  16. Rhapsody in Blue (16:36)
  17. Charles Camilleri:

  18. Paganiana (2:25)
  19. Camille Saint-Saëns:

  20. I. Le Carnaval des Animaux – I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion (1:49)
  21. II. Le Carnaval des Animaux – II. Hens and Cocks (0:47)
  22. III. Le Carnaval des Animaux – III. Wild Asses (0:45)
  23. IV. Le Carnaval des Animaux – IV. Tortoises (1:20)
  24. V. Le Carnaval des Animaux – V. The Elephant (1:09)
  25. VI. Le Carnaval des Animaux – VI. Kangaroos (0:28)
  26. VII. Le Carnaval des Animaux – VII. The Aquarium (1:43)
  27. VIII. Le Carnaval des Animaux – VIII. Persons with Long Ears (0:34)
  28. IX. Le Carnaval des Animaux – IX. The Cuckoo in the Forest (1:43)
  29. X. Le Carnaval des Animaux – X. The Aviary (1:23)
  30. XI. Le Carnaval des Animaux – XI. Pianists (1:15)
  31. XII. Le Carnaval des Animaux – XII. Fossils (1:20)
  32. XIII. Le Carnaval des Animaux – XIII. The Swan (2:15)
  33. IX. Le Carnaval des Animaux – IX. Finale (2:09)
  34. Paolo di Biase:

  35. Duo Tango (3:09)
  36. Leroy Anderson:

  37. Fiddle-Faddle (2:36)


MusicWeb International

Here is a remarkable trio of CDs featuring the piano music of John R. Williamson. He has forged a style that convincingly fuses disparate elements into an organic whole. The lyrical impulse is very strong and the emotional world is often intense and heartfelt. Time and time again the listener is carried along by sweeps of modal contours that are enlivened and even subverted by the churning harmonies. The world is lucky to have a fine composer such as Williamson and he himself is lucky to have a pianist so dedicated to playing his music as Murray McLachlan. The three CDs are attractively packaged…recordings are clear and have plenty of gain… powerful music and committed performances. Williamson is making an important contribution to piano repertoire in a style all his own.

” —David Hackbridge Johnson

The twins have an excellent technique and a lively musicality that enables then to give superb interpretations. They are so well in control that the whole exercise sounds fun, and this communicates itself to the listener, resulting in a wonderfully enjoyable experience. Throughout, Rachel and Vanessa, helped by a superb recording, bring out the clarity of the many varied textures really well. An outstanding CD, full of joy! Very highly recommended.

” —Ian Milnes
MusicWeb International

Their playing has accomplishment, enterprise and a charming freshness.. They are excellent musicians and have a wide taste in repertoire. The recording… is very clear and natural and I have the greatest pleasure in recommending this disc as an introduction to the wide range, both familiar and less familiar, of the piano duet repertoire.

” —Philip L. Scowcroft
Midwest Record

Hey, did you know the next Labeque Sisters are coming out of England?  This finds them covering some well trod Labeque ground and covering it quite well. Good taste that tastes good, like what’s going on here.  A striking new sound that bodes well for keyboards of the future.

” —Chris Spector