13 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Naughton sisters celebrate the glorious, exuberant sound of music for two pianists with a program of American compositions. John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” provides an explosive opening before Paul Schoenfield’s extraordinary homage to American popular music, Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive, with its joyful highs and quieter contemplations. The restless, helter-skelter Sonatina by Conlon Nancarrow preludes Copland’s evocative portrait of a Mexican dance hall, “El salón Mexico,” beautifully and intimately arranged by Leonard Bernstein. And Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” extracted from his orchestral suite Appalachian Spring, provides a gentler note to end the Naughtons’ colorful and skilfully performed love letter to their homeland.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Naughton sisters celebrate the glorious, exuberant sound of music for two pianists with a program of American compositions. John Adams’ “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” provides an explosive opening before Paul Schoenfield’s extraordinary homage to American popular music, Five Days from the Life of a Manic-Depressive, with its joyful highs and quieter contemplations. The restless, helter-skelter Sonatina by Conlon Nancarrow preludes Copland’s evocative portrait of a Mexican dance hall, “El salón Mexico,” beautifully and intimately arranged by Leonard Bernstein. And Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” extracted from his orchestral suite Appalachian Spring, provides a gentler note to end the Naughtons’ colorful and skilfully performed love letter to their homeland.

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