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concert Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier play Arensky, Debussy, and Ravel The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier play Arensky, Debussy, and Ravel The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

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The extraordinary Lortie-Mercier duo take on a turn-of-the-century program, beginning with Anton Arensky’s spirited Suite for Two Pianos No. 1 (1888), whose lively second movement waltz remains the most popular piece by the talented but oft-neglected Russian. The two pianists then expertly conjure the oceanic colors and textures of Debussy’s groundbreaking La Mer (1905), one of the great French composer’s most important achievements, as dazzling as ever in its two-piano arrangement.

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Cast

  • Louis Lortie | Pianist
  • Hélène Mercier | Pianist

Program

  • Anton Arensky, Suite for Two Pianos No. 1, Op. 15
    • 1. Romance
    • 2. Waltz
    • 3. Polonaise
  • Claude Debussy, La Mer (version for two pianos)
    • 1. From dawn to noon on the sea
    • 2. Play of the waves
    • 3. Dialogue of the wind and the sea
  • Maurice Ravel, Rapsodie espagnole (piano four hands version)
    • 4. Feria

Details

  • Venue: Bourgie Hall (Montreal, Canada)
  • Production date: 2019
  • Recording date: 2019
  • Duration: 1 h 24 min
  • Production: © ProdCan Inc., presented by Arte Musica
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