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Howard and Frances Karp, Pianists
Concert Performances from a Half-Century of Music-Making
Howard and Frances Karp

"Look where you will in the international record cataloges. You simply will not find a better anthology of music for two pianists—both one piano four-hands and two pianos—than this four-CD release. . . . You won't find a longer-lived partnership or a better melding of heart, mind, and fingers."—Jacob Stockinger, Capitol Times

This four-CD set features compositions for two pianos, or for piano four-hands, performed by Howard and Frances Karp between 1963 and 1996. The compositions are by Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Dvorák, Reger, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky. Program notes are by Howard Karp, and each of the four discs offers more than seventy minutes of music. Noted cellist Parry Karp, of the Pro Arte Quartet, produced the album as a tribute to his parents.

Howard and Frances Karp met in the spring of 1948 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, went on together to the Juilliard School of Music, and have been musical and life partners ever since. They have each performed as soloists with symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe and frequently appear in solo recitals or together in chamber music concerts. Howard Karp is professor of music emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky. Frances Reiche Karp has taught piano and coached opera in addition to her performance career.

Follow this link to a related CD: The Art of Howard Karp

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cover is a blue toned photo of Karps playing four-hand piano.

November 2000

6 x 9
CD ISBN 978-0-9658834-8-1

No longer distributed by UW Press. Recordings available from the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


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