Sisters (2014)

KATIA AND MARIELLE LABÈQUE

Sisters


CD, DIGITAL | KML Classic | ref: KML 2124

TCHAIKOVSKY: Russian dance (arr. Debussy) from Swan Lake Op.20, BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances 1, 20, 5 
DVORAK: Slavonic Dances - Dumka Op 72/2, Furiant Op 46/8, 
BIZET: Little husband little wife - Children’s games Op.22, Johann & Josef STRAUSS: Pizzicato Polka 
J. STRAUSS: Polka on the hunt Op 373, FAURE: Lullaby from Dolly Suite Op 56 
POULENC: L’embarquement pour Cythère: musette-waltz for 2 pianos 
MILHAUD: Scaramouche-Brazileira, GRAINGER: Country Gardens (handkerchief dance) 
GERSHWIN: 3 Preludes, STRAVINSKY: Easy Pieces-Waltz, Galop, 
LUTOSLAWSKI: Variations on a theme of Paganini, BERIO: Polka, Michel CAMILO: Tropical Jam 

"'Sisters' is a series of sonic images, born out of our desire to bring together the music that has made up the sound track to our lives at one moment or another. One should listen to 'Sisters' as if scrolling through a photo album, each image recalling a precise memory, often from our childhood.
'Berceuse' by Gabriel Fauré is the piece we first played at six and eight years old. 'Scaramouche' by Milhaud, which we heard so often played by the students of our mother… Later, the 'Slavonic Dances' of Dvorak, or the Brahms’ 'Hungarian Dances' that our father loved so much to hear us play at home. The famous 'Polka' of Adolfo Berio, given to us by Luciano Berio, himself an admirer of his grandfather’s music! And like all piano duos in the world, in our first recitals we played 'Variations sur un Thème de Paganin'i by Lutoslawski. The music of George Gershwin marked our debut in the United States and the beautiful meeting with Ira Gershwin in Los Angeles. A particularly memorable moment also : filming on the Danube the polkas of Johann Strauss, which was broadcast by ORF during the intermission of a New Year Concert. To these works we have added an homage to the unforgettable version of 'Country Garden's by Percy Grainger as played by Rowlf and Fozzie on the Muppets Show, which can be seen on the YouTube. 'Petit mari, Petite femme' by George Bizet is part of 'Jeux d’Enfants', which we identify with games we played
as children. Sharing games became sharing music, sharing life… 'Sisters' is not a compilation of pre-existing recordings, and there is no real link between all of the small pieces. It is a recollection of certain moments from the past and present, of our story between sisters…"

Katia, Marielle