Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy on their piano four-hands debut album

Friday, June 21, 2024

The two pianists, partners both off stage and on, juxtapose Schubert and Desyatnikov

For their debut Harmonia Mundi release as a duo, pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy have recorded two works by Schubert, the great Fantasy in F minor and the Divertissement à la Hongroise, and, in between, a work they commissioned, Trompe-l’oeil by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (b1955), who has said of his piece, ‘You can envisage it as the follow-up, or the rough draft of Schubert’s Fantasy. Something incomplete. Like a study for a composition that’s been abandoned en route.’

James Jolly went to visit Pavel and Samson, partners both on stage and off, at their home in North London recently to talk about the art of piano four-hands …


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