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Moonlight Magic: The Romantic Pianos of Ferrante & Teicher

Disc 1: Golden Melodies from Broadway / Movieland Magic
  1. Tonight (from "West Side Story")
  2. Send In the Clowns (from "A Little Night Music")
  3. Aquarius (from "Hair")
  4. The Sound Of Music (from "The Sound Of Music")
  5. Sunrise, Sunset (from "Fiddler on the Roof")
  6. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (from "Promises, Promises")
  7. The Impossible Dream (from "Man of La Mancha")
  8. Somewhere (from "West Side Story")
  9. Cabaret (from "Cabaret")
  10. If Ever I Would Leave You (from "Camelot")
  11. Theme from "The Apartment"
  12. Lara's Theme from "Doctor Zhivago" (Somewhere My Love)
  13. Theme from "Love Story"
  14. Exodus (from "Exodus")
  15. Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia"
  16. Tara's Theme from "Gone With The Wind"
  17. Midnight Cowboy (from "Midnight Cowboy")
  18. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (from "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing")
  19. Three Coins in the Fountain (from "Three Coins in the Fountain")
  20. The Way We Were (from "The Way We Were")
Disc 2: Romantic Magic / Sentimental Souvenirs
  1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  2. The Way You Look Tonight
  3. Killing Me Softly with His Song
  4. Love Is Here to Stay
  5. Canadian Sunset
  6. I Only Have Eyes for You
  7. The Very Thought of You
  8. The Look of Love
  9. Love Walked In
  10. Embraceable You
  11. Near You
  12. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
  13. Autumn Leaves
  14. As Time Goes By
  15. Smile
  16. Anniversary Song
  17. Deep Purple
  18. Love Is Blue
  19. The Last Time I Saw Paris
  20. I'll Be Seeing You
Disc 3: Light and Lively Mementos / Great Romantic Film Themes / Lush, Lovely and Exotic / A Touch of the Classics
  1. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
  2. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
  3. I Believe in Music
  4. Alley Cat
  5. My Cherie Amour
  6. Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet"
  7. Love Theme from "The Godfather" (Speak Softly Love)
  8. Love Theme from "One Eyed Jacks"
  9. Antony and Cleopatra Theme (from "Cleopatra")
  10. Theme from "Nicholas and Alexandria" (Too Beautiful To Last)
  11. Begin the Beguine
  12. In a Persian Market
  13. The Girl from Ipanema
  14. Misirlou
  15. Malagueña
  16. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (adapted from Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu)
  17. Blue Danube
  18. Sabre Dance
  19. Chopin's Theme (Till the End of Time)
  20. Rhapsodie In Blue
Ferrante & Teicher: Moonlight Magic: The Romantic Pianos of Ferrante & Teicher ()

CD (USA): Reader's Digest 164C
CD (Canada): Reader's Digest 7243 8 53960 (2 1)

Liner notes: 

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.

Doug's comments: 

3-CD, 60-track Reader's Digest compilation. It was released in both USA and Canada (with different back cover graphics) and a 32 page booklet of program notes.