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Katia and Marielle Labèque at Champs Elysées

Katia and Marieelle Labéque, Foto: Theatre des Champs Elysées.
Katia and Marieelle Labéque, Foto: Theatre des Champs Elysées.

A duet with a new twist, with two pianists contrarians. Turning directories as eclectic and unexpected, Katia and Marielle Labèque offered among others, on the occasion of this unique recital, an arrangement of one of the principal works of Bernstein, West Side Story. In West Side Story together with Gonzalo Grau, Pablo Bencid percussions

It all started charming with George Gershwins three preludes, whch together nearly is as a sonate, where the beautiful middle part Andanate con moo e rubato is surrounded by a brilliant introduction and finishing by another brilliant finale part.

Igor Stravinsky´s Concert for two solopianos followed The piece is in four parts, but sounds like it is floating more or less from the start to the end

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. In it we heard embroideries around themes, some times powerful, some times see through. The two pianists has done a good preparation work and it was hanging well together, but for me, sometimes more noice than music, Impressing to listen to, -Booring.

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story:

However it was the final number that the audience was waiting for. In deed, it became a very swinging experience, with a lot of highlights such as Mambo, America, and the romantic Maria. Contrasts, beautiful. I feel pretty with schells in stad of kastaniettes, and Tonight, but elegantly brought in to a rhytmically very harmonic extatic butt wwell functioning frame.

It was fascinating how these four outstanding musicians, Katia and Marielle Labèque together with Gonzalo Grau and Pablo Bencid could make music and create atmosphaere
. a good evening.

Gershwin Trois Préludes

Stravinsky Concerto pour deux pianos seuls

Bernstein West Side Story (arrangement Irwin Kostal pour deux pianos et percussions)

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