Double Edge - U.S. Choice
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR637     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Double Edge: Edmund Niemann & Nurit Tilles, duo-pianists


Double Edge:

The name connotes a two-sided razor-sharp knife, poised at the brink of the unknown, slicing through the mediocre and the derivative, seeking the best of the new.

When pianists Edmund Niemann and Nurit Tilles first met in 1978, they certainly had that aggressively modernist definition in mind. Both were members of Steve Reich and Musicians; both were fascinated with minimalism; both were drawn to the cutting edge of New York’s downtown new- music scene.

Their first concerts, arranged with Reich’s help, were mostly of minimalist music. By 1987, when they gave their debut as Double Edge at Town Hall, the duo-pianists were expanding their repertoire, moving back through the twentieth century and embracing new music of a broader stylistic range. Today their programs, performed in concert halls around the world, even include Mozart and Brahms. “We treat new music with the same respect that we were taught to treat the standard repertoire,” says Tilles. “We find out as much as possible about the composer and the cultural/musical context of the time, and we bring to that our own voice. Through rehearsal and many performances, we grow with a new piece the way we grow with a Brahms sonata over a lifetime.”


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Double Edge

Double Edge - U.S. Choice

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Track Listing

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