Moonlight Magic: The Romantic Pianos of Ferrante & Teicher
- Tonight (from "West Side Story")
- Send In the Clowns (from "A Little Night Music")
- Aquarius (from "Hair")
- The Sound Of Music (from "The Sound Of Music")
- Sunrise, Sunset (from "Fiddler on the Roof")
- I'll Never Fall In Love Again (from "Promises, Promises")
- The Impossible Dream (from "Man of La Mancha")
- Somewhere (from "West Side Story")
- Cabaret (from "Cabaret")
- If Ever I Would Leave You (from "Camelot")
- Theme from "The Apartment"
- Lara's Theme from "Doctor Zhivago" (Somewhere My Love)
- Theme from "Love Story"
- Exodus (from "Exodus")
- Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia"
- Tara's Theme from "Gone With The Wind"
- Midnight Cowboy (from "Midnight Cowboy")
- Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (from "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing")
- Three Coins in the Fountain (from "Three Coins in the Fountain")
- The Way We Were (from "The Way We Were")
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
- The Way You Look Tonight
- Killing Me Softly with His Song
- Love Is Here to Stay
- Canadian Sunset
- I Only Have Eyes for You
- The Very Thought of You
- The Look of Love
- Love Walked In
- Embraceable You
- Near You
- I Left My Heart in San Francisco
- Autumn Leaves
- As Time Goes By
- Anniversary Song
- Deep Purple
- Love Is Blue
- The Last Time I Saw Paris
- I'll Be Seeing You
- Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
- Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
- I Believe in Music
- Alley Cat
- My Cherie Amour
- Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet"
- Love Theme from "The Godfather" (Speak Softly Love)
- Love Theme from "One Eyed Jacks"
- Antony and Cleopatra Theme (from "Cleopatra")
- Theme from "Nicholas and Alexandria" (Too Beautiful To Last)
- Begin the Beguine
- In a Persian Market
- The Girl from Ipanema
- I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (adapted from Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu)
- Blue Danube
- Sabre Dance
- Chopin's Theme (Till the End of Time)
- Rhapsodie In Blue
CD (USA): Reader's Digest 164C
CD (Canada): Reader's Digest 7243 8 53960 (2 1)
The Romantic Pianos of Ferrante & Teicher
(Program Notes by Alvin H. Marill)
Their undeniable talent, their rich technical skills, their flair for showmanship in their garish marching outfits, black-rimmed glasses and dark toupées, and the way they complemented one another at the keyboards prompted critics to refer to them as “The Grand Twins of the Twin Grands”—a one-of-a-kind (or more precisely, two-of-a-kind) act of unparalleled popularity.
Arthur Ferrante, a native New Yorker, and Louis Teicher, from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, met as child keyboard prodigies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. They both later became teachers at Juilliard and teamed up as performers around 1947, beginning a successful partnership first as a classical duo and then in pop music—although it would be another dozen years on the road, loading their Steinway grand pianos onto and off trucks, before they became “overnight sensations.”
The early years were note financially rewarding for Ferrante & Teicher, but the pair slowly developed a following. Utilizing devices to alter the natural tone of the piano, they could produce a range of instrumental sounds from banjo to drums to harpsichord. However, they chose to keep their day jobs teaching piano at Juilliard and limit their concertizing to weekends. In the early ‘50s, they began recording duo-piano arrangements for Columbia Records and Westminster, and made radio and television appearances with Percy Faith on CBS’s Woolworth Hour, ABC’s Piano Playhouse and the Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore and Steve Allen shows.
In 1959, Ferrante & Teicher were approached by producer-arranger Don Costa, who put them together with United Artists Records. They entered a recording studio with a 46-piece orchestra, and the result was the instantly successful “Theme from The Apartment.” Within its first three weeks, it sold more than 750,000 copies. “Exodus,” which followed, went to No. 2 on the pop charts in 1961—their all-time biggest hit. Those and subsequent recordings earned them the label of the “Movie Theme Team.” Their 1961 album West Side Story and Other Motion Picture and Broadway Hits was their biggest-selling LP and remained on the charts for almost a year.
Over a 40-year period, Ferrante & Teicher gave more than 4,600 concerts before four million people and recorded nearly 200 albums. Lou Teicher retired in 1988, but Art Ferrante continues to record occasionally. Their personal relationship still flourishes: they and their families live near each other in Sarasota, Florida.
The duo has been praised for playing like “one man with four hands.” With their seemingly telepathic interplay, they had a knack for creating something new and refreshing from even the most familiar material. This Reader’s Digest collection of 60 of their greatest hits and finest performances illustrates why they still reign as the undisputed kings of the duo-piano.