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"James and Julie Rivers, Duo pianists" CD - Five foremost twentieth century duo piano favorites

This collection of favorite twentieth century duo-piano works from their live performances celebrates the fortieth year of James and  Julie Rivers.

This collection of favorite twentieth century duo-piano works from their live performances celebrates the fortieth year of James and  Julie Rivers’This collection of favorite twentieth century duo-piano works from their live performances celebrates the fortieth year of James and  Julie Rivers’ professional collaboration. They met as piano students of Stefan Bardas at the University of North Texas where their earliest concerts were given. Associated with three touring programs over the years (Texas, Kansas and the Mid-America Arts Alliance) they played dozens of concerts each year from the Oregon Bach Festival to the Texas Round Top Festival with countless appearances in smaller communities and major cities across the United States. They have performed major duo piano concerti (Mozart, Poulenc and Bartok) with symphonies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas and Missouri, including the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The performances on this album are live and unedited. They were retrieved from in-hall tape recordings of live concerts for capacity crowds attending Topeka Chamber Music Series concerts between April 1978 and November 1983, some of our most active concertizing years. During our collaboration, we played for audiences, not recording studio microphones. We recently decided to document those years with a compilation of music from the concerts most memorable to us. We hope this memento will be accepted by listeners in the joyful spirit in which the performances were offered and received at the time of these recordings.   — James and Julie Rivers

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