Duo Scorpio – Two Bridges

Duo Scorpio
Kathryn Andrews | Kristi Shade

Two Bridges
$12.34
By Duo Scorpio, Katie Andrews, Kristi Shade

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Duo Scorpio, the world's finest harp duo, continues their ongoing mission to revolutionize the harp duo repertoire with Two Bridges, their ground breaking second release on the American Modern Recordings (AMR) label. This album follows their highly successful first album, Scorpion Tales, hailed as an album " likely to leave music makers and fans inspired to seek out more" (NewMusicBox), and described as a "diverse mix of new and recent compositions that push the limits of what can be done with the instrument" (Lucid Culture).

Two Bridges includes a diverse collection of brand new works for two harps by an exciting and diverse group of composers, including Andy Akiho, Ferdinando DeSena, Christopher Dietz, Nico Muhly, Paul Patterson and Giovanni Piacentini. The entire album was produced from start to finish by Grammy winning producer and recording engineer, Adam Abeshouse.

The formation of Duo Scorpio is as fascinating as the album: harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade were born on exactly the same day, November 5, 1982, making them both Scorpios; they both moved to New York City after undergraduate school, completed their Master's Degrees at The Manhattan School of Music and studied with harp legend Susan Jolles. Scorpios are known for their determination, hard work and love of a challenge, which is definitely exemplified in this exciting second release. Further information: duoscorpio.com.

 

 

Tracks

Fast Dances*** (2014) 13’57” – Nico Muhly

1. No. 1

2. No. 2

3. No. 3

4. No. 4

5. No. 5

6.  Rival of Mars* (2015) 08’02” – Christopher Dietz

7.  Scorpions* *** (2016) 06’30” – Paul Patterson

8.  Harp Dance* (2013) 06’53” – Ferdinando DeSena

9.  Magnetic* (2014) 12’18” – Giovanni Piacentini

 Two Bridges* *** (2014) 14’26” – Andy Akiho

10. 1883

11. Audio Sun

12. 1909

Total Time: 62:06

*World Premiere Recordings, Commissioned by Duo Scorpio

** Commissioned through a Grant from Chamber Music America

*** Commissioned through a Grant from The American Harp Society

*** Commissioned through a Grant from The American Harp Society

Katie Andrews and Kristi Shade (of Duo Scorpio) take the harp duo to the next level
— The Harp Column
The Duo plays with acute sensitivity and what seems to be telepathic communication.
— Tuxedo Revolt
Two harps and four hands filling the sonic image from top to bottom to deliver a neatly locking quartet-worth of sonic information.
— NewMusicBox
Scorpion Tales has me thinking a lot more about this ensemble and this particular duo. Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade deliver stellar performances… Duo Scorpio makes it all seem completely natural and idiomatic.
— Jay Batzner, Sequenza21