« The Labeque sisters are tremendous. They're great performers, and great interpreters. And they're wonderful supporters of music-not only modern music, but just music. It was great to work with them »
Philip Glass
Philip Glass’s music occupies a special place in Katia & Marielle Labèque’s creation. At Philip Glass’s request, Michael Riesman, his longtime collaborator and arranger, did the arrangement of the opera ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ for Katia and Marielle in a suite for two pianos. The album in which the work of Jean Cocteau and Philip Glass confront each other was put into images by Ronan Day-Lewis in 2020
“Before shooting, I read the Cocteau novel Les Enfants Terribles, which inspired Philip Glass’s music for these pieces, and found it a transcendent experience. I connected deeply with the subject matter of these two lost souls isolated in a world of their creation. As well as the current relevance of the story to our collective isolation in the midst of a global pandemic, I was drawn to its themes of the difficulty of leaving childhood behind, and the dangers of clinging to a paradise already lost, or one that was never really there. The book seemed to hint at something sublime. I started to feel that it contained all the ethereality and bodily reality of the human condition, the desperate fragility of life condensed into 193 pages. Cocteau’s poetic vision, combined with Philip Glass’s music interpreted entrancingly by Katia and Marielle Labèque, cast a spell over me which made it easy to disappear into the world of the holy terrors.”
Ronan Day-Lewis
Contact Promo: Thierry Messonnier

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Philip Glass: Les enfants terribles: Paul's end
Video directed by Umberto Nicoletti

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Philip Glass: Les enfants terribles: She Took The Path
Video directed by Umberto Nicoletti

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Philip Glass: Les enfants terribles: Paul is dying (Part 1)
Video directed by Ronan Day-Lewis

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Philip Glass: Les enfants terribles: The Somnambulist (Part 2)
Video directed by Ronan Day-Lewis

Katia & Marielle Labèque – Philip Glass: Les enfants terribles: Lost (Part 3)
Video directed by Ronan Day-Lewis


Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

April 23rd, 2015
The Double Piano Concerto was composed for the Labèque Sisters in the Fall and Winter of 2014-2015. It was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will receive its world premiere in Los Angeles in May of the year, 2015.
The Orchestre de Paris, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, and Orquesta Nacional de España are all co-commissioners and will be presenting their own premieres in their home cities in the coming year.
Like many people involved in today’s music I have long been an admirer of Katia and Marielle Labèque’s performance of traditional and new concert music for duo pianos. I was very happy to hear their brilliant playing and interpretative skills with my own music – first with the 2007 work, Four Movements for Two Pianos and then, more recently, the Two Movements for Four Pianos. This last work was premiered by the Labèques along with additional pianists Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa. I was very pleased when they suggested a new work – the present double concerto.
The work itself follows the three movement form in which many concertos are conceived. However in this case the first and second movements are both fast and the slow movement is the third and last part of the concerto.
Also it seemed that there were enough ‘fireworks’ in the first two movements as to make an additional cadenza for the soloists unnecessary.
Again the relationship of the soloist to the orchestra is not the usual one, contrasting the smaller duo with the larger orchestral ensemble. Instead the music of the soloists is shared between the two and the orchestra serves to extend the range and color of the soloists.
Finally, in the last few years I have had the pleasure of working with the LA Philharmonic on projects very important to myself. This included a live performance of Koyaanisqatsi at the Hollywood Bowl as well as the West Coast premiere of Symphony No. 9 conducted by John Adams. I look forward with great pleasure to working with them again.

Philip Glass

Les Enfants Terribles (2020)

Les Enfants Terribles

Double Concerto For Two Pianos And Orchestra (2016)

Double Concerto For Two Pianos And Orchestra

NY Philharmonic Backstage! Live in David Geffen Hall
with Katia et Marielle Labèque, performing Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos