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Reviews

 If music and art are to be our salvation in these grim times they are to be taken up, appreciated and supported and I’m very glad I didn’t stay in. Ivory Duo are Greek pianists Panayotis Archontides and Natalie Tsaldarakis and they brought with them an adventurous programme of four-handed piano. [...]And with that Bang, the musical year is well underway in these parts. A faint heart that doesn’t brave the elements isn’t rewarded with moments like that.

David Green

Music in Portsmouth 12/1/2023

 

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‘A totally enchanting album of distinctive new music. Engaging, evocative and finely-structured pieces by Hugh Shrapnel and John Lewis are performed with elegance and panache by Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble.’

 

Sarah Walker, BBC Radio 3 presenter

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'...The present CD with the title "Romantic Dance Music for Piano Duo" gives the opportunity to its listener to savour samples of the unique artistry of this husband-and-wife duo. [...] Their interpretation, reaches the almost absolute perfect. Top interpretation!'

 

ThomasTamvakos, musicologist & music critic
TZAZ KAI JAZZ magazine

'your performance was I think a revelation because it demonstrated what a duo can be, much more than the sum of its parts. And when the music is carried with such conviction, then it is really thrilling!'

 

Michael Chant, composer & Chair of Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust

'[Cardew's] 1981's Boolavogue for two pianos, impressively rendered by the Ivory Duo.'

 

Will Stone

Morning Star

'First-rate music, performance, recording and presentation'.

Dave Smith, composer 

The Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble, made up of Natalie Tsaldarakis and Panayotis Archontides, plays with confidence and wit; the engineering is first-rate; and the program notes are refreshingly full.

Peter J. Rabinowitz 

Issue 44:6 (July/Aug 2021) of Fanfare Magazine.

Tsaldarakis and Archontides have clearly developed a strong affinity for this music, and a close relationship with the two composers, and their performances are strong throughout, contrasting well the thicker chordal textures with bright melodies (often in bell-like octaves), and enjoying the jazz-infused melodies. A very enjoyable discovery.

Nick Boston, Classical Notes, October 2020

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