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concert Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier play an all-Rachmaninov program The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier play an all-Rachmaninov program The Lortie-Mercier Duo at Montreal's Bourgie Hall

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The stellar Lortie-Mercier duo tackle early and late Rachmaninov in this passionate double bill: first, the Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, a “series of musical pictures” written by the 20-year-old Rachmaninov in 1893 and originally given the title of Fantaisie-Tableaux. Written for Tchaikovsky, who agreed to attend the work’s premiere but sadly died just weeks prior, the Suite passes through vividly drawn scenes and shifting moods, bathed in the deeply felt emotion that the young Rachmaninov was already so adept at capturing.

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Cast

  • Louis Lortie | Pianist
  • Hélène Mercier | Pianist

Program

  • Sergei Rachmaninov, Suite for two pianos No. 1, Op. 5
    • I. Barcarolle. Allegretto
    • II. The night...the love... Adagio sostenuto
    • III. The tears. Largo di molto
    • IV. Pâques. Allegro maestoso
  • Sergei Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos, Op. 45b
    • 1. Non allegro
    • 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
    • 3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace

Details

  • Venue: Bourgie Hall (Montreal, Canada)
  • Production date: 2019
  • Recording date: 2019
  • Duration: 56 min
  • Production: © ProdCan Inc., presented by Arte Musica
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