Charles Foreman Pianist

Two Pianos

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Duo-pianists Charles Foreman and Kathleen van Mourik each have significant individual careers as pianists, Charles as soloist and chamber musician, Kathleen as soloist, chamber musician, and outstanding vocal accompanist. Together, they have performed across Alberta, enjoyed two highly successful residencies at the Banff Centre and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and have commissioned works by various composers, including Quenten Doolittle and William Jordan.

Recent and upcoming concerts include performances at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, at the Red Deer Public Library, and for their own Mountain View Connection concert series in Calgary.

They have received Alberta Foundation for the Arts grants for their two-piano work, as well as Canada Council, Canadian Heritage, and Calgary Arts Development monies for other projects. Their debut album of French music on the Arktos recording label, En blanc et noir, is frequently played, regionally and nationally, on the CBC and other classical radio stations. They are continually expanding their two-piano and four-hand repertoire, and works not listed here should be checked.

Repertoire:

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion – Béla Bartòk

Sonata in D major, Op. 6 – Ludwig van Beethoven

Jeux d’enfants – Georges Bizet

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (version for piano, four hands, by Brahms) – Johannes Brahms

Hungarian Dances (complete) – Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Haydn – Brahms
Waltzes, Op. 39 (selections) – Brahms

En blanc et noir – Claude Debussy
Lindaraja – Debussy
Six Epigraphes Antiques – Debussy

All In Sundre – Quenten Doolittle

Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46, 72 (selections) – Antonin Dvorak

Dolly Suite, Op. 56 – Gabriel Fauré

National Dances of Moravia – Leos Janacek

Kayla’s Waltz (two pianos, two violins) – William Jordan
Sonata for Two Pianos – Jordan

Sum Vermis (mezzo-soprano, two percussion) – Xavier Montsalvatge

Concerto in E-flat major, K. 365 (with orchestra) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fugue in C minor, K. 426 – Mozart
Sonata in D major, K. 448 – Mozart
Sonata in D major, K. 381 – Mozart
Sonata in B-flat major, K. 358 – Mozart
Sonata in F major, K. 497 – Mozart

Sonata (for two pianos, 1953) – Francis Poulenc
Sonata for four hands (1918) – Poulenc

Tarantella (from Suite, Op. 17) – Sergei Rachmaninoff

Carnaval of the Animals (with orchestra) – Camille Saint-Saëns
Variations on a Theme by Beethoven – Saint-Saëns

Sonata for Two Pianos – Igor Stravinsky

Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 – Franz Schubert
Variations in B-flat major, D. 603 – Schubert

Suite, Op. 6 – Dmitri Shostakovich

 
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