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The pairing of UK pianist Gwilym Simcock and Russian double-bassist Yuri Goloubev was something of a masterstroke. Both musicians are fluent improvisers with strong personalities who blend jazz and classical influences with panache.

Here, they intertwine and mutually support each other on a programme that resonates with 19th-century concerns – the only cover, Bottesini’s “Reverie”, is from the standard classical bass repertoire.

“Non-Schumann Lied” lives up to its title, Goloubev’s bowing tugs the heartstrings on “A Joy Forever” and “Antics” bustles with jazz invention.

Gwilym Simcock & Yuri Goloubev

Duo Art: Reverie at Schloss Elmau

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