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Work: Four Movements for Two Pianos

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ComposerGlass, Philip (b. 1937)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeInstrumental
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LondonDream House Quartet

Guðnadóttir, Andres, Glass, Reich, Dessner, Chalmin
Katia Labèque; Marielle Labèque; Bryce Dessner; David Chalmin
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Curious pairing, inspired playing in Bychkov's NY Phil engagement

Coupling a rare but underwhelming concerto by Max Bruch with Strauss's polychrome orchestral showpiece, the program with Semyon Bychkov and the sisters Labèque accentuated superlative musicianship.
****1
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Unexpected promise: Bryce Dessner at the Elbphilharmonie

Launching a new “Reflektor” series of short festivals, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie invited Bryce Dessner to curate two days of concerts.
***11
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Labèque sisters captivate with Schubert and Glass

Two interlocking grand pianos, the front with its lid removed, centred the stage of pale pink lights at St George’s. The Labèque sisters, Katia and Marielle perform Ravel, Schubert, Bernstein and Glass. 
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Bychkov and the BBCSO conquer Leningrad

Let’s not beat about the bush: the BBC Symphony Orchestra wouldn’t rank among my top ten orchestras in the world. Semyon Bychkov, however, has a transformative power over its players and in a monumentally impressive account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony, Bychkov made the BBCSO truly sound one of the world’s greats.
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The Labèque sisters with the Kalakan trio

Piano sisters Katia and Marielle, with the help of Kalakan, a trio of basque musicians, give us varied melodies, rhythms, colours of the musical horizon. It's a concert which achieves remarkable consistency in spite of its eclectic programme.
****1
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