By Julian Jacobson & Mariko Brown Piano Duo. By Casella, Claude Debussy, Ferruccio Busoni, Francis Poulenc, and Herschel Hill. Classical. CD. Naxos #SOMMCD 0178. Published by Naxos (NX.SOMMCD-0178).
A new release from SOMM to lift our spirits in no uncertain fashion! Distinguished composer- pianists Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown combined their considerable talents in 2011, thus forming a piano duo brimming with ideas not only centred on the classics for piano duo repertoire, but also with a strong commitment to searching out neglected masterpieces performed to great acclaim in their various concert tours. They have revived, among others, Debussy's exotic ballet masterpiece ""Khamma"". Set in ancient Egypt, it appears here as a first recording in the version for four hands. British Composer Anthony Herschel Hill who died last year also features here for the first time with Nocturne, a beautiful if intense elegy for two pianos, and a tribute to a composer of among many other works, 24 Symphonies and 14 Concertos whose true worth is yet to be fully appreciated.