Amy Beach’s Complete Oeuvre for Piano Duo
The recent release of the CD world premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff: Complete Works for Piano Duo on cpo with over 150 minutes of music on two pianos and for four hands on one piano immediately rose to No. 1 on the jpc charts. Now the famous and successful Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo turns to the American composer Amy Beach. Her compositional oeuvre marks a high point within the great phase of consolidation experienced by art music in the United States between the Civil War and World War I. Amy Beach was not the first American woman who composed or the first America woman who earned money with her compositions; but she created a stir in the music world by forging ahead into genres in which previously only men had distinguished themselves. However, it was above all the piano that was Amy Beach’s lifelong companion. She honored her instrument with solo compositions in a total of twenty-six opus numbers distributed equally over her entire compositional career from the 1880s to the 1930s. Even though her music for piano four hands or for two pianos is limited to a few compositions, they just as positively attest to their author’s talent as do her works for two hands. The original version of Amy Beach’s Variations on Balkan Themes op. 60 is her most extensive composition for piano two hands and the one that is the most challenging in playing technique. At the same time, the variations represent one of her most significant endorsements of folk music.
▪ 6.MAR 2022: #AmyBeachComplete in GRAMOPHONE UK!!!
Some 120 years ago, the stories about the brave fight of the Bulgarian nation for freedom and unity touched American composer Amy Beach so deeply that she created one of her most significant works, the Variations on Balkan Themes, based only on 4 simple Bulgarian-Macedonian songs and without to have been ever visiting Eastern Europe.
Really wondering what would be her reaction on the tragic happenings of our days...?!?!
Thanks Jeremy Nicholas for this great Gramophone review!
▪ 21.FEB 2022: WELT AM SONNTAG about #AmyBeachComplete
Extraordinary happy about! Many thanks WELT AM SONNTAG und Elmar Krekeler! We are getting really hungry 🍬🍬 😋😋 while reading this brilliant review in one of the world's leading newspapers: »Genova & Dimitrov open a box of noblest chocolates«!
▪ 17.FEB 2022: #AmyBeachComplete's US launch on time to the American Super Bowl 2022
It's been always quite a special thrill to perform live at great sport events, like the Opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City or the Volleyball World Championship in Trieste. Now #AmyBeachComplete's US & North America launch just on time to Super Bowl 2022 in Los Angeles!!!
▪ 13.FEB 2022: Our #AmyBeachComplete on RTP Rádio a Televisão de Portugal
Muito obrigados, João Pedro for selecting our #AmyBeachComplete CD into the program of the RTP Rádio a Televisão de Portugal top classical broadcasting Notas Finais!⭐🎉💕
▪ 5.FEB 2022: Super happy to read the Belgian BRF1 Radio's brand new review about #AmyBeachComplete:
"Two musicians whose musicality and perfection in synchrony have been always totally exciting both, the music critics and the classic fans". Hartelijk dank Patrick Lemmens! 💙❤️
▪ 29.JAN 2022: Large interview with great music journalist Martin Hoffmeister of Radio Leipzig-Dresden-Halle MDR KULTUR
There are journalists you meet for the very first time in person but you have the feeling you know each other for years - fantastic interview and talk with Martin Hoffmeister, Music Program Chief of MDR KULTUR Radio Leipzig-Dresden-Halle💖💖🌟
▪ 26.JAN 2022: Radio Hamburg NDR Kultur with mindblowing review about our new #AmyBeachComplete
Fully focussed during the studio recordings we could never imagine how dazzling the reaction of the music world would be. Thanks NDR Kultur Radio Hamburg and Elisabeth Richter for this mind blowing review! 💗💙
▪ 25.JAN 2022: GREAT NEWS FROM AUSTRIA 💥
While working with younger colleagues at the Master Class, the Austrian Radio ORF Ö1 came out with a brilliant review of our new #AmyBeachComplete album! 💓-lichen Dank Irene Suchy!!! | RЕAD» | LISTEN»
▪ 17.JAN 2022: Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Amy Beach: 2-2-22⏳🔔
2.February 2022 is the last day all our friends and audience could enjoy directly the spectacular 2-hour large Radio Cologne WDR 3 "Konzert" broadcasting about us which has been aired at the very beginning of the new year while we were preparing at white heat our next recording project. Thanks a lot Andrea Zschunke💗💗 (also for the great music choice including #AmyBeachComplete)
▪ 14.JAN 2022: German Record Critics Award Nomination for our #AmyBeachComplete.
▪ 10.JAN 2022: Our CD #AmyBeachComplete has been announced "Special Recommendation" of SWR2 Radio Stuttgart !
What a true celebration of Amy Beach's music 🎉🌟 Thanks Hannah Schmidt for this highly emotional and touching review 💥
▪ 23.DEC 2021: #AmyBeachComplete with 3x10 of the "Klassik Heute" Magazine (Classics Today)
There is no holiday for the Music and it is good so 💖💖 Thank you "Klassik Heute" Magazine and Martin Blaumeiser for this amazing 3x10 review!
▪ 16.DEC 2021: From LUXEMBOURG🌟 about #AmyBeachComplete
"And so the whole charm of these compositions unfolds in a wide-ranging dynamic and with a broad palette of colors.", thanks Rémy Franck and Pizzicato Music Magazine!
▪ 12.DEC 2021: Our #AmyBeachComplete album is "The New CD" of SR2 KulturRadio Saarland
Our #AmyBeachComplete album is "The New CD" of SR2 KulturRadio Saarland weekly MusikWelt program! 💫 "One should be whether at 200 degrees white heat or shouldn't even take a seat on the piano". Thanks a lot Gabi Szarvas for the great talk!
▪ 9.DEC 2021: #AmyBeachComplete to open the Swiss Radio SRF Concerto Program
💖💖Absolutely fantastic that the Swiss Radio SRF Kultur has already chosen Amy Beach's Suite for two pianos to open its "Concerto" program with! Thanks Elisabeth Baureithel!
▪ 1.DEC 2021: #AmyBeachComplete No.2 in the Classic Charts
🌟🎵🎶🍀 Sooooo happy, #AmyBeachComplete being No.2 in the Classic Charts of jpc, Europe's largest classical music retailer!
▪ 29.NOV 2021: #AmyBeachComplete is "The New Album" of the German Nationwide Radio Deutschlandfunk
Thrilled to be "Die neue Platte (The New Album)" of the German Nationwide Radio Deutschlandfunk. Thanks Jonas Zerweck
▪ 27.NOV 2021: CD ALBUM OF THE WEEK of BR-KLASSIK Bavarian Radio Munich: #AmyBeachComplete 💖🎉
What a great recognition for our #AmyBeachComplete by BR-KLASSIK Bavarian Radio Munich Program Director Oswald Beaujean | RЕAD» | LISTEN»
▪ 24.NOV 2021: DIE ZEIT Newspaper: #AmyBeachComplete Revolutionary!
The German nationwide weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT has selected our #AmyBeachComplete CD as Recommendation in the Annual #BestList to its 2 million readers!!!
▪ 21.NOV 2021: Very first interview after #AmyBeachComplete CD release
Very first interview after #AmyBeachComplete CD release on WDR3 Radio Cologne TonArt program via MuPRO App. Thanks Nicolas Tribes for great talk 💫🌞🎶🎧
▪ 18.NOV 2021: Signing the 100 exclusive #AmyBeachComplete CDs
An unforgettable day signing the 💯 exclusive Amy Beach CDs at the cpo HQ with fantastic people, A&R Director Burkhard Schmilgun and Product Manager Caroline Ranke 🍀☘️💐💖💖
▪ 18.NOV 2021: Genova & Dimitrov about their #AmyBeachComplete on Radio Cologne WDR3
Today in the afternoon on Radio Cologne WDR3 TonArt Broadcasting: Genova & Dimitrov PianoDuo present their new album: "Complete Works for Piano Duo" by American composer Amy Beach! So, Tune In! 💡👂🎼🎧🎹🥰
▪ 11.NOV 2021: #AmyBeachComplete arrived!!! 🎈🎈🎈
11.11. Is there a better day to receive and unpack the new CD album? 💖💜
▪ 28.SEP 2021: The cover of our new CD album #AmyBeachComplete has been determined!
Very special thanks to cpo.de - classic production osnabrück for this fantastic choice. Just few more weeks to release!
▪ 4.AUG 2021: After a successful filming session for the new video trailer some relax at our favourite place. 💙❤
▪ 30.MAR 2021: BNR Bulgarian National Radio with a large Recording Announcement in multiple languages!
Available soon also in DE, CP, GR, RS, TR, AL
▪ 2.FEB 2021: "Rachmaninoff against all clichés, Amy Beach a real treasure!"
The BNT Bulgarian National Television feature of Miglena Stoytcheva about the studio recordings of Amy Beach's Complete Piano Duo Works being just accomplished by the Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo at the Great Concert Hall of Radio Cologne WDR as well as about the Aglika & Liuben's 25th artistic birthday and their recent double CD release of the Complete Piano Duo Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff (cpo)
▪ 12.JAN 2021: Mission accomplished, the Complete Piano Duo Works of fantastic Amy Beach have been recorded!!!🎉🎉
Greatest thanks to Recording Supervisor Stephan Hahn, Recording Engineer Dirk Franken, piano technician Hans Giese, and page turners Anna Glüer and Stephan Hensen. Very special thanks to WDR3 Radio Cologne Executive Producer Andrea Zschunke as well as to Chris Trotman (Women's Philharmonic Advocacy)!