I’ve loved playing piano four-hands music since I was a child—the charming awkwardness of the physical fact of it adding to the joy and camaraderie of spur-of-the-moment music-making. Much of the four-hand literature consists of “popular” style 19th-century dance pieces, with a particular fondness for the waltz. Retro Music is an alternately valiant and pathetic attempt at waltzing à la Brahms, Schubert, or Ravel—except that horrible, dissonant roadblocks continually rout it.
recorded at Oktaven Studios, Yonkers, NY, September 2012
performers David Kaplan & Timo Andres, piano four-hands