The new ESSENZ disc by Spanish piano duo by Anton & Maite features "The Serpent's Kiss" arranged for piano four hands.
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“The album closes with Bolcom's famous ragtime, in which we hear a fantastic version, full of strength and whose interpretation combines reason and emotion. Magnificent!” Melómano Digital
“In William Bolcom's piece, the sparkling passages are brighter and more exciting, the piano sound enhances the music, and the duo's playing is elegant with lush coloring and very sensual, playing with delicacy and their nuanced but imperceptible control of their articulation, even in the more dizzying moments of the scherzando. The sound of the recording is very rich, picking up all the different colors. The essence of the album is a sense of fantasy that fosters reverie, played with incredibly sensitive yet virtuosic technique.” Balsera- Revista Ritmo
“Elegance and virtuosity go hand in hand closing with their own transcription of William Bolcom's "The Serpent 's Kiss", imbued with a fast-paced rhythm and humor that turns into a party. Not to be missed.” Santi Riu- Revista Segarra
“The Bolcom piece is in a whole different world. I have enjoyed this composer’s pieces and his wonderful piano skills for nearly 50 years. There is something inherently American about his compositions, and his discography helped to define the great music and songs in American popular repertoire of the 1900s. The Serpent’s Kiss began its life as a movement of a piano solo suite called `The Garden of Eden’, a ragtime telling of the biblical story. Later Bolcom arranged it for two pianos. He asks not only for complex rhythmic accuracy, but extrapiano effects from the performers. Yes, you can hear foot stomping and knuckles rapping on the wood of the piano case, and even some well-timed tongue clicking. It only stands to reason that a work for solo piano, arranged by the composer for two pianos should take some effort to arrange as a piano duet. The duo performs their own arrangement, and it is quite effective and a great closing work for this recital. In Bolcom’s words, this piece “Conjures the image of Adam and Eve calmly cakewalking their way out of Paradise” Harrington-American Record Guide