Release of New CD by Richard & John Contiguglia
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2012 Grand Prix du Disque
Liszt Society of Hungary

Liszt Operatic Fantasies, Bartok Suite for Two Pianos
Gemini CD Classics GC-104

Liszt Operatic Fantasies
Suite for Two Pianos
Richard & John Contiguglia, Duo-Pianists

Liszt Operatic Fantasies for Two Pianos and One Piano, Four-Hands
 1. Réminisences de Don Juanclick here to listen to a sound clip

 2. Tscherkessenmarsch from Russlan und Ludmila
     (performed on one piano)
 3. Réminisences de Norma
 4. Réminisences de La Sonnambula
     (performed on one piano)
Bartók Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b
 5. Serenata
 6. Allegro diabolicoclick here to listen to a sound clip

 7. Scena della Puszta
 8. Per finire

Early in our career as a professional duo-piano team we discovered duos of Liszt and of Bartók that had never been previously recorded and had seldom been heard in modern-day public concerts. The duos of Liszt were only available from collections in museum archives or in rare Russian editions. We were so impressed with the quality of the music that we performed much of it on our recitals in Europe and in the United States and finally made, in the early 1970s, what came to be several historic recordings for Connoisseur Society Records. The resulting LPs have long since been unavailable and were never reissued as CDs.

We are pleased to be able to offer once again the original Connoisseur Society recording of Liszt's Operatic Fantasies and a live radio broadcast recording for VARA Radio in Holland of Bartók's Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 4b.

“...the works here still have few recordings for comparison, and the ones I know of are of no competition to these.”

“The results here are spectacular.”

“...the Contiguglia brothers give a knock-out performance.”

“You owe it to yourself to seek out this recording – performances of this caliber are quite rare.”  

     - American Record Guide, July/August 2012    Read full article

"This is the most amazing recording of two-piano music that I can remember" 
(Connoisseur Society Liszt LP)

     - Gramophone, December 1975


Beethoven / Liszt Symphony No. 9 (Choral)
Gemini CD Classics GC-103

Beethoven / Liszt Symphony No. 9 (Choral)
Richard & John Contiguglia, Duo-Pianists

1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestosoclick here to listen to a sound clip
2. Scherzo, molto vivace
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3. Adagio molto e cantabile
4. Finale, Presto
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The most popular orchestral work of all time, magnificently transcribed for two pianos by Franz Liszt, can be heard once again in the Contiguglias’ new recording for Gemini CD Classics.

"I enjoy transcriptions as much or more than most, and this is a great one, of the greatest piece, with a masterly performance, excellent recorded sound, and perceptive notes." 

- American Record Guide, January/February 2008
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Music of George Gershwin and Percy Grainger
Gemini CD Classics GC-102

Gershwin - Grainger
Richard & John Contiguglia, Duo-Pianists

1. Grainger - Country Gardensclick here to listen to a sound clip
2. Grainger - Fantasy on George Gershwin's 'Porgy & Bess'
3. Grainger - Shepherd's Hey
4. Grainger - Molly on the Shore
5. Gershwin / Grainger - Love Walked In
6. Gershwin / Grainger - The Man I Love
7. Grainger - Spoon River
8.  Grainger - Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow
9. Gershwin - Cuban Overture
10. Grainger - English Waltz
11. Gershwin / Whitney / Grainger - Embraceable You


Two-piano, one-piano, four-hands, and even a few solo piano transcriptions of Gershwin and Grainger hits including Grainger's Fantasy on Gershwin's 'Porgy & Bess', the Cuban Overture and Country Gardens.

"Such are the delights on the Contiguglia brothers' new disc that the tracks almost demand repeated hearings immediately. The pairing of Gershwin and Grainger is brilliant and natural..."

- The Gramophone, March 2005    Read full article


Live From The Holland Liszt Festival
Gemini CD Classics GC-101

Live from the Holland Liszt Festival
Duos for Two Pianos and Piano, Four-Hands By Franz Liszt
Richard & John Contiguglia, Duo-Pianists

Grand Galop Chromatiqueclick here to listen to a sound clip
Fantaisie sur des Motifs Favoris de l'Opéra, La Sonnambula
Symphonic Poem No. 6, Mazeppa
Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas Tree) - Selections
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2


Seldom heard duos of Franz Liszt for one and two pianos.  All of the Performances on this CD took place at Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht, Holland, during Liszt Festivals held in 1984 and 1986.  They were parts of the piano-marathon concerts that ended both festivals.


Schubert Piano Duets - The Final Year
Gemini CD Classics GC-100

Piano Duets - The Final Year

Richard & John Contiguglia, Duo-Pianists

Fantasy in F Minor
Duo (Lebensstürme) in A Minor
Fugue in E Minor
Rondo in A Majorclick here to listen to a sound clip


The four piano duets that Schubert completed during the last year of his life.

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