Martial Solal

Duo in Paris

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Martial Solal and Joachim Kühn joined forces in 1975 for a duo piano concert during the debut of the Festival Independent de Massy. Both musicians enjoy showing off their right-handed runs in the opening to "Solar," before turning on the afterburners and really starting to wow the audience. The remaining two numbers are evidently on-the-spot duo improvisations, with "Journey Around the World" segueing through many different moods. "Musica 2000," a 19-minute excursion, is even more intense and clearly much further into the avant-garde camp. Throughout the concert, the two pianists are clearly inspired by each other. Released by Dreyfus in Europe, but not in the U.S., this recommended live CD may be somewhat difficult to acquire.

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