Durufle, Casadesus, Ravel

Music for Two Pianos
Ariana Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo, duo pianos

Durufle, Casadesus, Ravel

PHCD135  |   Phoenix CD

Name Credit
Arianna Goldina Arianna Goldina Piano
Remy Loumbrozo Remy Loumbrozo Piano
Maurice Durufle Maurice Durufle Composer
Robert Casadesus Robert Casadesus Composer
Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Composer






Maurice Durufle 

Trois Danses Pour Orchestre


Robert Casadesus           

Trois Danses Mediterraneennes


Maurice Ravel  

Sites Auriculaires

  1. Habanera,
  2. Entre-Cloches

La Valse

Rhapsodie Espagnole


Arianna Goldina, piano 

Remy Loumbrozo, piano  

This is a beguiling collection of lilting, colorful dance music by three French composers under the thrall of Iberian rhythmic and melodic patterns. Maurice Duruflé wrote his Trois Danses for orchestra in 1932. This two-piano version was published posthumously, and this is the world premiere recording. Those who know Duruflé’s Requiem and organ music will be familiar with the gentle poetry and the intricate, delicate construction of the score, which is imbued with a Neoclassical graciousness. The music of the great pianist Robert Casadesus is, likewise, a model of elegant composition and subdued expression. His music is not devoid of emotion, but the decorative elements are at the forefront.

The majority of CD consumers interested in the music of Ravel featured on this recital would tend to opt for the orchestral versions. This music is, after all, all about color and dynamics that are so easily conveyed by a large ensemble. To the great credit of this husband and wife team, the big band was never missed in these scintillating, dramatic performances. Goldina and Loumbrozo achieve a rhythmic elasticity that would be remarkable for a soloist, and is truly stunning for a four-piano performance. That fluidity makes for an especially sensuous La Valse. Aficionados of French piano music and great four-hand piano playing should enjoy this excellent recording, which is presented in lovely, realistic sound.


Peter Burwasser: Fanfare Magazine