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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, March 2013

Passing an hour in the company of Percy Grainger’s music is always a delight. The Bilder Duo offer a program of some of his most popular works in versions for piano four-hands and for two pianos: Shepherd’s Hey, Country Gardens, Lincolnshire Posy. The folk tunes, the homages to Grieg, the wit and whimsy and unexpected emotional import, are all here in strength.

As a ‘greatest hits’ album of Grainger for two pianists, this stands alone.

The Bilder Duo, pianists Caroline Weichert and Clemens Rave, are frankly impeccable in this repertoire, technically spot-on and a lot of fun for the ears…the Gershwin fantasy builds up very impressively…if you like [your Grainger] on keyboards, run out and grab this. Even those works represented here which have been recorded before, in these arrangements at least, aren’t available in such a convenient one-stop anthology. I’m very glad to have this CD. © MusicWeb International Read complete review



James Harrington
American Record Guide, March 2013

This music rarely fails to bring a smile to listeners. It is creative, well-crafted, and eminently listenable on many levels. Whether casual music floating through your house on a Saturday morning or something to supply a detailed example of masterly two-piano writing, this is an extremely well-chosen and well-played program. The two pianists change positions (primo and secondo) and parts all through the program…both fine pianists. Their ensemble, especially in this folk-based music with its flexible tempos, is impeccable.

I can be a little snooty about foreigners playing Gershwin correctly but without the ingrained feel for the music that we American generally have. That is NOT the case here. Close your eyes and you would assume that these performers are native Americans with a lifetime of acquaintance with this musical style. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




WQXR (New York), January 2013

A new collection of [Percy Grainger’s] transcriptions for two pianos and piano four-hands captures a particularly lively slice of his output. The Bilder Duo, a young ensemble consisting of German pianists Clemens Rave and Caroline Weichert, offers a judicious, well-programmed sampling of ten pieces. © 2013 WQXR (New York) Read complete review



Geoff Brown
BBC Music Magazine, January 2013

Four hands at one or two pianos despatch folksy Grainger and his Gershwin fantasy with lovely razor clarity… © BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2012

In the earlier part of the 20th century, the Australian-born, Percy Grainger, was composing some of the most popular light music and adored by amateur pianists. It was full of those naughty harmonic twists and turns so beloved of the age, his career as an outstanding pianist running in parallel with his compositions. Born in Melbourne in 1882, he had made his concert debut at the age of ten, before moving to Europe for his teenage musical training. Coming to live in England for a brief period, he settled in the United States when he was in his early thirties, and was to become increasingly interested in new instruments including early electronic experiments. To the broader public he will be remembered by the music on this disc written for piano duo or piano duet, and shows his interest in music of times past which he dressed in new clothes. Most were short, written in the first and second decade of the century, and intended for the sheet music market. The first of the two extended scores, Lincolnshire Posy, was composed for wind band and later arranged by him for two pianos. Drawing on six traditional melodies, heard in the English county of Lincolnshire, he sketched the score over a period of twenty-eight years. That evolution was also true of his extended Porgy and Bess fantasy which had started out as piano transcriptions of several of its major songs, the score completed in 1951. The present disc is performed by the German duo of Caroline Weichert and Clemens Rave, the two alternating between the first and second parts as the disc progresses…these are reliable and pleasing, the recording taking place in a nice ambience. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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