By Arthur Ancelle and Ludmila Berlinskaya. By Camille Saint-Saens and Franz Liszt. Country of Origin: Russia. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Melodiya (NX.MELCD1002463).
Firma Melodiya presents a recording of two-piano transcriptions by Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saens performed by the piano duet of Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle. Representatives of famous artistic dynasties and alumni of different music performing traditions, they began to jointly perform in 2011 and have won the listeners' hearts in Russia, France and Switzerland. The programme of this album combines two, at first glance, completely different pianistic styles of the 19th century - Liszt and Saint-Saens. However, the two great musicians took a genuine interest in each other's works that was expressed in "mutual" transcriptions. Liszt unintentionally introduced the powerful current of his personality into his arrangements. The Dance of Death is an obvious example that makes the comparison between the two piano versions of this symphonic work, one transcribed by Liszt and the other transcribed by the author, even more interesting. On the other way around, a hint of Saint-Saens is heard in his transcription of Liszt's B minor Sonata he made for himself and his friend and outstanding French pianist Louis Diemer. The album also includes Liszt's Apres une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata arranged for two pianos by Arthur Ancelle.