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By Cheng2 Duo

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By Cheng2 Duo. By Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Cesar Auguste Franck (1822-1890), Louis Francœur, and Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Audite (NX.AUD97698).

Item Number: NX.AUD97698

A young duo introduces itself. The interpretations of Cheng² Duo are steeped in a rare balance of an unfiltered, youthful joy of playing and enthusiasm on the one hand, and mature, profound and advanced interpretations on the other, always demonstrating technical perfection: they command attention from the first note. Bryan and Silvie Cheng are brother and sister; he is a cellist, she a pianist, and together they are the Cheng² Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo), now presenting their debut album. These two Canadian artists are children of Chinese immigrants: she was born in Tokyo, he in Ottawa; today, he lives in Berlin, she in New York - cosmopolitans, therefore, with a diverse cultural background. Both are young, barely or around twenty years of age: audite's youngest artists to date, which also reflects the label's strong commitment to its performers. This first disc makes the panorama of French chamber music written between the 1860s and the 1910s come alive in all its diversity: from multiple-movement works whose composers mainly drew on Beethoven and the German romantic composers, through to character pieces which formed part of the repertoire performed in sophisticated salons. Principal trends, some of which were devoted to one another by way of trenchant polemics, are represented by works of Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saens and his student Gabriel Faure, as well as Claude Debussy. The performers have not only proved an instant success as Cheng² Duo - stepping in at short notice at Carnegie Hall and impressing both the audience and the promoter to the extent that they were immediately re-invited - but have also won renowned awards as soloists, each in their own right.

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