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Augustin Hadelich and Joyce Yang met for the first time as students at The Juilliard School, but they did not perform together until years later in 2011, when Hadelich called Yang at the last minute to play several West Coast recitals after another pianist cancelled because of an injury. One of the pieces they played then is also on this album, the Franck Sonata. "Being on stage with her was electrifying," Hadelich said of that early performance. "What an experience to play the Franck, with its unusually difficult and virtuosic piano part, with a pianist who is so completely unfazed by its technical challenges!" The two went on to play many more concerts, and in addition to the Franck, for this album they have recorded André Previn's "Tango Song and Dance," written originally for Anne-Sophie Mutter; Robert Schumann's turbulent Sonata No. 1 in A minor Op. 105; and György Kurtág's "Tre Pezzi Op. 14e," a meditative piece that tells the performers to move to the next note when they are 'at peace" with the current one! Hadelich and Yang perform Schumann's Sonata No. 1 in A minor, live at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival in 2014:
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