Mind Meld brings together stunning duet works by four noted 20th century composers and pianists who knew each other, learned from each other, and sometimes shared the bench. As young students at Harvard, Leonard Bernstein and Harold Shapero teamed up as a piano duo before Bernstein’s career exploded. Shapero wrote his Sonata for the two of them. Stravinsky read through the one-piano-four-hand score of his Rite of Spring together with Debussy in the home of their friend Louis Laloy, before any orchestra had touched the work. Debussy later wrote to Stravinsky about the Rite of Spring as a “beautiful nightmare.”
Released by Sono Luminus in 2012, Mind Meld was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical. The album and live performance program continue to attract positive critical attention around the world.
Works on the “Mind Meld” program include:
Leonard Bernstein, Candide Overture
Harold Shapero, Sonata for Piano 4 Hands
Claude Debussy, Six Epigraphes Antiques
Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring