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Russian Ballet Transcriptions for Four Hands and Two Pianos
Aram Khachaturian - Igor Stravinsky - Alexander Borodin - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Russian Ballet Transcriptions for Four Hands and Two Pianos

Cyprien Katsaris / Etsuko Hirose

Label: Piano 21
Format: CD
Barcode: 3760051450632
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Catalog number: P21 056
Releasedate: 02-12-16
- a new, adventurous musical trip with and by cyprien katsaris and etsuko hirose

- a world premier, stravinsky’s firebird, played here with brio and passion by the two pianists 

Cyprien Katsaris invites the great Japanese pianist Etsuko Hirose to shed new light on excerpts from the most famous Russian ballets arranged here for four hands and two pianos. The masterpieces recorded here resonate with everyone (or almost everyone): The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, Gayaneh by Khachaturian, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor and, as a world premier, Stravinsky’s Firebird, played here with brio and passion by the two pianists.

These pearls of the Russian musical canon came inevitably to be arranged in various forms for the piano, allowing pianists, amateur and professional alike, to enjoy them to the full. 

Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.

A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).

He gave his first public concert in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 8 May 1966, as a “Knight” of the youth competition “The Kingdom of Music”; he performed the Hungarian Fantasy by Franz Liszt, with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Ile-de-France conducted by René-Pierre Chouteau.