"ESSENZ es el álbum debut de Anton & Maite Piano Duo. Grabado y producido por el sello Ibs Classical. Con este proyecto, Maite y Antón reflexionan sobre la "esencia" del piano a cuatro manos, en un disco que pretende poner en valor la importante herencia centroeuropea para la consolidación del género, dejando una ventana abierta al futuro"

"ESSENZ is the album debut of Anton & Maite Piano Duo. Recorded and produced by the Spanish label Ibs Classical. With this project, Maite and Antón reflect on the "essence" of the piano four hands, in an album that aims to highlight the important Central European heritage for the consolidation of the genre, leaving a window open to the future"


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Fantasie F minor D940 - Schubert

The art of the piano four hands has gone unnoticed for many years and its historical importance has been minimised in comparison with other chamber music ensembles. Nevertheless, the great composers have dedicated works to this formation, and there is an extensive literature for it. “Essenz” was created with the intention of highlighting the exceptional repertoire written for piano four hands, choosing some of the works we consider to be the fundamental pillars of the genre. Anyone who enters the world of the piano four hands knows that Mozart and Schubert are the names to be reckoned with. These two Austrian geniuses are responsible for the consolidation of this unique musical genre. Mozart was the first to identify the great potential of the format, composing his first four-hand piano sonata when he was nine years old. These sonatas, which appear with a playful purpose, constitute a totally new and unexplored piano language, which is gradually evolving until it is established as a genre itself. Before Mozart there are some precedents of works for two performers on the same keyboard, but they are very experimental in nature, so he is considered a precursor of the genre. On the other hand, Franz Schubert was possibly the composer who most identified with the format, writing more than 60 works for this formation. Schubert found an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the piano four hands, which is possibly his most intimate and personal facet. His passion for this genre intensified at the end of his life, giving rise to monumental works that are among the best in his entire repertoire. Like Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn had a very talented pianist sister, who stayed by his side all his life. We know they played concerts together and we can assume they were well acquainted with the sonatas for this genre by Mozart. However, his production for piano four hands is scarce. Even so, the quantity does not detract from the great quality of these works, which are proof of the surprising level of virtuosity that can be achieved as a duo. Since the middle of the 19th century, the four-hand piano has taken many paths, transcription being one of them. With William Bolcom’s work we leave a window open to the future, exploring other ways of making music within this exciting formation.