Creations & Projects                                 

Creations & Projects

Love Stories

Love Stories

David Chalmin - Star-Cross’d Lovers  Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet inspired many composers from Benda to Prokofiev through Berlioz, Gounod or Tchaikowsky and it is always a challenge for a musician to approach such a subject so full of history. With Star-Cross’d Lovers French composer David Chalmin gives a new look at Shakespeare's drama : a contemporary ballet choreographed by Yaman Okur, written for two pianos, electric guitar, electronics and drums. The musical  ...

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Moondog

Moondog

Manhattan in the Sixties. Every day, at the corner of 54th and Sixth, stood an imposing blind man with a druidic beard, dressed and helmeted like a Viking. Every day, he played music with home-made percussion instruments and declaimed poems. A simple eccentric or picturesque figure? No. Louis Thomas Hardin, called 'Moondog', was one of the true geniuses of his time. And even one of the geniuses of all time, prolific and visionary, capable of linking Bach, jazz and Amerindian rhythms, writing  ...

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Minimalist Dream House

Minimalist Dream House

To be musically avant-garde in the 1950s meant to be difficult. Not by the end of the 1960s. That decade saw a group of American beatniks overthrow the musical givens of postwar Europe. In a series of disobediently straightforward compositions La Monte Young, Terry Jennings, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass declared that music could be clear, honest, pretty and experimental. Turning their backs on the conventional centres of musical power, the earliest minimalist works got their first public  ...

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New Concerto Philip Glass

New Concerto Philip Glass

Grammy winners Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with pianists Katia and Marielle Labéque, released the world-premiere recording of Philip Glass' newest concert work, his Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra on Orange Mountain Music  exclusively on iTunes. The digital-only recording is also available. Recorded during its world premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in May 2015, Glass' Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra was  ...

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West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein

arrangement for two pianos and percussion by Irwin Kostal West Side Story is probably Bernstein's masterpiece and unquestionably the best-known American work all over the world. Ever since the highly favorable critical and audience reception at New York's Winter Garner Theatre on Broadway, September 26, 1957, and the phenomenal success of Robert Wise's film adaptation in 1961, this contemporary urban version of Romeo and Juliet has never ceased to move spectators and fill them with enthusiasm. Although  ...

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Bolero, Ravel : With Basque Percussions

Bolero, Ravel : with Basque Percussions

Ravel's Bolero is played for two pianos in the original arrangement from the composer. The percussionists have added the sound of the original basque percussions  that Ravel loved so much. Accidents of history, politics and geography have helped sustain the culture of the Basques, who live in the western Pyrenees Mountains adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and spanning the border between France and Spain. And while only a small minority of Basques on the Spanish side align themselves with the  ...

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Original Sounds

Original Sounds

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is rounded off in style with a visit from one of their Principal Artists, Sir Simon Rattle. The programme includes Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos, by turns lyrical and exuberant, played here with one of the world's best known pianistic partnerships, Katia and Marielle Labèque. Fortepianos used for this Mozart concert are made by Paul McNulty, who is one of the most highly respected builders working today.  The instruments modeled  ...

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Nazareno

Nazareno

OSVALDO GOLIJOV / GONZALO GRAU for two pianos, percussions, and orchestra The piece for two pianos, latinos percussions and orchestra is based on "La Pasión Según San Marcos" by Osvaldo Golijov. Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, has been hailed by the New York Times as 'standing the whole world on its ear'. 'The Pasión will stand as the first indisputably great composition of the 21st Century'. Boston Globe   German Premiere Berlin Philharmonie  ...

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Viktoria Mullova And Katia

Viktoria Mullova and Katia

duet violin/piano Longstanding friends, Katia Labèque and the violinist Viktoria Mullova, have been  performing in duo recitals since 2001. Their first tour took place in February (Italy) then March (Germany and Portugal) and  the City of London festival which was an outstanding success and was recorded and broadcast 2 days later on BBC Radio 3. The concerts received much critical acclaim. Recent performances included recital at Carnegie Hall-New York, Athens, Lucerne, Schubert  ...

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