Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Anders Jallén
for 2 pianos
EDWARD COHEN (playing both pianos)
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... is an attempt to put to music *that moment* when we feel that we don't know whether to laugh or to cry. Or both. To capture and express that moment in music.
Ed' Cohen discerns and exhibits these inner contradictions - he masterfully puts forward these inward emotional disagreements in this new recording. Courtesy of the pandemic he is playing both piano parts here (recorded 2021).
We've all experienced when something we could not control happened, something which then caused the entire situation to become a disaster. Or else you simply did something which came out wrong. Even so and either way, something unforeseable turned the situation around and created an unexpected joyous result. Or else... you did everything the way it was supposed to be and it became what you wanted. But then it turned out everything went to pieces anyway.
All of those feelings being a part of each of our lives. We all know... I tried to describe it in music in this way, off and on working on this piece for several years. The title "I Could Laugh, I Could Cry" presented itself to me when I had temporarily retreatad to focus on my writing, in October 2019, in Banyuls-sur-Mer (French Mediterranean). As for me, until now I did Laugh... and I did Cry... quite a lot of both... and I would prefer the both to the neither.
Just below 8 minutes