Duo Spinette-Michiels / Jan Michiels / Inge Spinette

La Valse à Mille Temps

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Duo Spinette-Michiels, pianists Inge Spinette and Jan Michiels, put together an inventive program for La Valse à mille temps. It's not just that they chose sets of dances written or transcribed for piano, four hands, from Franz Schubert to Wolfgang Rihm, it's also that they intermingle the waltzes, performing part of Schubert's set of Ländler, D. 366, then a few of Rihm's Mehrere kurze Walzer, then more of Schubert's, and so on, with the Rihm spread throughout. The first of Rihm's waltzes is very much like one of Brahms', not at all what one might expect from a contemporary composer whose music is very often hard to describe. Others of Rihm's waltzes display more modernist (think Prokofiev or Satie) harmonies or quirkiness, but their brevity and changing characters fit in delightfully with the carefree nature of the other Viennese dances. Another element that ties these dances of diverse eras together is the instrument that the duo uses, an 1892 Érard. Whereas other performers would restrict the usage of a period instrument to just those pieces that would have been available at the time of the instrument's manufacture (or not too much longer after that), performing the more modern Richard Strauss, Ravel, and Rihm on this piano unites the program. It has a sound that is at once more brusque and more resonant than a 20th century piano, and here gives the overall impression of drawing room entertainment, even in the grandiose La valse. For those who enjoy the dances of Schubert and Brahms or waltzes in general, the Rihm is a welcome addition to the repertoire, and this Duo Spinette-Michiels not-quite-period-practice performance is a charming and agreeable one.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
17 Deutsche, genannt "Ländler", D. 366
1 1:04
2 0:44
3 0:50
4 0:42
5 0:52
6 0:55
7 0:47
8 0:42
Mehrere kurze Walzer
9 0:58
10 0:34
11 1:17
12 0:35
13 0:41
17 Deutsche, genannt "Ländler", D. 366
14 0:42
15 0:45
16 0:41
17 0:37
18 0:46
19 0:40
20 1:11
21 0:45
22 0:45
Mehrere kurze Walzer
23 1:07 Amazon
24 0:56 Amazon
25 0:55 Amazon
26 1:53 Amazon
27 1:23
Walzer, Op. 39
28 0:48
29 1:03
30 0:47
31 1:12
32 1:14
33 1:01
34 1:52
35 1:10
36 1:07
37 0:31
38 1:21
39 1:36
40 0:38
41 1:16
42 1:18
43 0:59
Mehrere kurze Walzer
44 0:49
45 0:43 Amazon
46 0:41
47 0:56
48 0:22
Der Rosenkavalier
49 8:19
Mehrere kurze Walzer
50 1:45 Amazon
51 0:44
52 2:41
53 1:22
54 12:01
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