Four Hands at Home: Domestic Music-Making in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (2024) TOCN0031

Playing piano four-hands was both vital in the dissemination of music in the nineteenth century and also a popular domestic activity. The original 1853 Parisian Erard piano on which this recording was made demonstrates the clarity, warmth and differentiated timbres characteristic of the ‘straight stringing’ that was later replaced by the ‘cross-stringing’ of the modern concert grand. The repertoire from the period covers the many genres of four-hand piano works in their varied roles as domestic ‘info-entertainment’: orchestral works large and small, serious sonatas and variations, showpieces for emerging virtuosi and even a string quartet are all equally engaging in this once-familiar medium.

Moscheles: La belle union: Rondeau brillant précédé d’un Introduction, Op. 76 (c. 1828)

Wagner (transcr. anon): Lohengrin Vorspiel

Mendelssohn: Andante and Variations Op.83a

Horsley: Three Chamber Duets Op.46

Boëly: String Quartet No.3 in G major Op.31

Holmès: Pologne Poème symphonique

Stephanie McCallum and Erin Helyard piano duet