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|Schumann/Debussy||Six etudes in canon form (PK & ST)|
|Bax||The Poisoned Fountain and Hardanger (MF & CO)|
|Poulenc||Élégie (MF & KA)|
|Capriccio (d'après Le Bal masque) (MF & KA)|
|L’embarquement pour Cythère (MF & KA)|
|Stravinsky||Concerto for two pianos (PK & ST)|
|Debussy||En blanc et noir (SK & CO)|
|Thomas Adès||Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face (CO & KA)|
|Debussy||Danse Sacrees et Danse Profane (KL & KA)|
|Rachmaninov||Russian Rhapsody (1891) (KL & KA)|
London Piano Festival once again celebrates the joys, challenges and sheer brilliance of music written for two pianos. The programme sees this group of seven internationally acclaimed pianists team up in various pairings for an evening of enormous variety. Debussy takes centre stage in his visionary late masterpiece En Blanc et Noir – a work which vividly reflects the desolate mood of the First World War. A trio of Russian composers adds their own uniquely distinctive voices while fascinating pieces by Bax and Poulenc offer an extra dimension. Thomas Adès first opera Powder Her Face immortalised the scandalous life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Adès’ Concert Paraphrase for Two Pianos revisits the decadent world of the action whilst recalling the virtuoso spirit of 19th-century opera transcriptions.
‘A reminder of what a fabulous variety of sound can be conjured from two pianos’ The Daily Telegraph on London Piano Festival 2016