"Once again, it was a pleasure to play a Bechstein".
Andreas Grau und Götz Schumacher, born in 1965 and 1966, have worked together as piano duo for over 20 years. They established theirselves as one of the most important piano duos worldwide. Study at the Music Universities Dortmund, Frankfurt and Stuttgart; with Claude Helffer in Paris (DAAD scholarship), Friedemann Rieger and Renata Werner. Andreas Grau und Götz Schumacher have won prizes at Deutscher Musikrat, Bellini Competition and Schubert Competition Graz. Guest musicians at the Schwetzing Festival, Berlin Festwochen, Rheingau Music Festival, Piano Festival Ruhr, Salzburg Festival, concerts in Alte Oper Frankfurt, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonic and others. Andreas Grau und Götz Schumacher have an active collaboration among others with Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy, DSO Berlin, Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger, RSO Stuttgart and Zubin Mehta. Numerous CD recordings with col legno, distinguished by „Le monde de la musique“ and „Diapason“ for recordings of Stockhausen's "MANTRA." Andreas Grau und Götz Schumacher have recorded for col legno a CD on Bechstein with works by Beethoven, Mozart and Reger.
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Mozart - Reger - Beethoven
"After their Waltz CD, Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher didn't waste much time before they threw themselves into even more venturesome and virtuoso variations and fugues. They captivate with such an impressive and unexpected selection of works.” In his 2003 FONO-FORUM reviews, Wolfgang Schreiber was full of praise for this CD containing works by Beethoven, Mozart and Reger recorded on Bechstein. And truly, it is one of the piano duo’s best CDs.
Concerti III: Poulenc - Mcphee - Adams
Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher recorded double piano concertos by Francis Poulenc, Colin McPhee and John Adams with Trio Mediaeval and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Brad Lubman at the famous Teldex studio Berlin. The pianists performed on two C. Bechstein grand pianos D 282, serviced by C. Bechstein concert technician Torben Garlin. Deutschlandradio Kultur produced with Rainer Pöllmann (Executive Producer) and Florian B. Schmidt (Recording Producer) the recording.
Beside Francis Poulenc’s wellknown Concerto en ré mineur you can find with „Tabuh-Tabuhan“ by Colin McPee (a toccata for orchestra and two pianos) and „Grand Pianola Music“ for two pianos, three female voces, wind ensemble and percussion by John Adams two really worth hearing modern works, which are characterized by the Minimal Music.