Ferrante & Teicher

The Collection

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Although The Collection implies an anthology that might be a best of, or at least cover a wide period of time, it's actually recordings of twin piano solos done in 1983. This includes versions of some of the numbers Ferrante & Teicher had hits with in the early 1960s, like "Exodus" and "Theme from "The Apartment"," and plenty of Broadway themes, movie themes, and standards, like "West Side Story Overture," "Greensleeves," "Chariots of Fire," and "Send in the Clowns." The main thing to worry about in recordings by artists long past their commercial prime that include remakes of old favorites is that they will be encumbered by inappropriately modern arrangements. Fortunately, that turns out not to be the case here; it's just twin-piano. The liner notes contain the mysterious sentence "The genius of this piano-pair is attested to as they incorporate the sounds of 50 studio musicians into specially adapted twin-piano arrangements," but the aural evidence indicates that most or all of the time, it's just Ferrante & Teicher; nobody else. The versions are well-executed and well-recorded, and probably won't disappoint fans of the duo.

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