20 Digitus Duo in London
An eclectic and absorbing programme was presented by the 20 Digitus Duo, Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu, to a packed St. Martin in the Fields, in London on 6 August. The music was very effectively divided into 3 contrasting parts, opening with three Bach Chorale Preludes arranged with great affection for four hands/one piano by György Kurtág. The duo gave a heartfelt performance, as the music ranged from simplicity to considerable virtuosity, magically realising in the second chorale the unusual pipe organ effect.
The duo have a strong affinity for the music of Latin America, which was demonstrated in the next two pieces. Carlos Guastavino was one of Argentina’s great song-writers. One of his best known songs, The Dove was Mistaken arranged by the duo from... (click to continue reading)
Iberian & Latin American Music Society (London)
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"Maxixe" by Charles Copeland, the most fun piece on the program, was the first that really got toes tapping. XX Digitus Piano Duo (Momoko Muramatsu and Maria Garcia) delivered a dynamite performance of a tribute to the great American composer George Antheil, a Brazilian tango that seemed to touch both the Bad Boy of music’s intentionally mechanical (as in his dizzy Ballet Mecanique) and jazzy (like his Jazz Symphony) sides."
- Brett Campbell - Oregon Arts Watch
Pianists Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu form the XX Digitus Duo, which offers an unusual combination of serious accomplishment and dynamic presentation, accessible and fascinating both to experts and novices. They love their music and they love the audience. They are masters at beauty, sensitivity and energy in a range of music from classical to modern. Their performance at our recent house concert resulted in a rare immediate and well-deserved standing ovation. We feel privileged to know them and look forward to having them perform again in our house concert series."
Viktors Berstis and Sylvia Gray