Label: Command - RS 33-813 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono Gatefold • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Space-Age
On Sunday at the Phillips Collection, Dennis Russell Daviesthe well-known conductor and pianist, took off his jacket before performing it with his wife, the pianist Maki Namekawa, and observed to the audience that people might want Muevan Las Industrias - Los Prisioneros - Grandes Exitos watch them fighting over who gets to use the pedal.
Both this performance and the one I heard last fall were quite brilliant, but the difference between them was striking. In October at the National Gallery, the duo-piano team Anderson and Roe offered a gleaming, polished reading.
On Sunday, Davies and Namekawa presented a dialogue. Anderson and Roe showed two voices speaking as one; April In Paris - Lew Davies And His Orchestra - Two Pianos & Twenty Voices and Namekawa were distinct individuals, he warmer, powerful and fuller, she insistent and percussive.
The contrast even said something to me about the difference between the United States, where we may expect things to be slightly more formal and shiny, and Europe, where Davies and Namekawa have been based for a couple of decades he has been music director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for 15 years and where their duo piano recitals have been enthusiastically received by music lovers.
The program was beautifully put together, with a web of interconnections between the pieces and making a strong case for unfamiliar music. The conductor of his 11 symphonies talks about why. It was a performance given by people who cared more about the music than about what you, or I, or anybody thinks of it — a performance at once intimate and uncompromising, a concert given by two working musicians, at work.
Pianist Maki Namekawa by Wolfgang Winkler.