CD— The Beauty of Two
Many of the pieces on this CD feature rapid interactive dialogue between two musical partners.
In this premier recording, musicians of The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, consisting of Principal Chair members of The Kennedy Center's National Symphony Orchestra, present their imaginative interpretations of the most intimate and personal of chamber music genres - the instrumental duo.
Pianist Lambert Orkis, a chamber music pro, provides the unifying thread that ties together and makes a cohesive program out of four very different works. In addition his booklet notes give listeners an insider's view of the challenges that each piece poses in terms of ensemble, reminding us that the natural feeling of the end result should never make us lose sight of the effort that went into preparing the performance.
It's a credit to him that his contribution in all four works is invariably stylish, spirited, and genuinely collaborative.