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Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2 for two pianos

With Hiro Takenouchi (piano)

As long ago as the eighteenth century, composers were arranging orchestral works for two pianos or piano duet, making them more domestically accessible and exposing their compositions to a wider audience. Four-hand piano versions abound of symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Haydn and more. Since Rachmaninoff focused mainly on the piano, we were surprised to be unable to find a two-piano arrangement by the composer himself of his Symphony No. 2, particularly since he arranged his own first and third symphonies for four hands. Our objective in creating this new arrangement was to remain as faithful to the original as practically possible. We set out to embrace not only the capabilities of the two pianos but also their limitations we wanted to create a true piano work, rather than a less-than-satisfactory imitation of the orchestral version. Of course, our motivation was also to be able to enjoy playing this magnificent masterpiece which we had cherished for as long as we could remember! Simon Callaghan & Hiroaki Takenouchi

RachmaninoffSymphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (arr. Callaghan & Takenouchi)
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