Les Enfants Terrible (2020)

Glass - Labéque "Les Enfants Terribles"

Les Enfants Terrible

CD, LP | KML / Deutsche Grammophon


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 in April 2020. The album in which the work of Jean Cocteau and Philip Glass confront each other was put into images by Ronan Day-Lewis.

“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
upcoming album ‘Les enfants terribles’, pre-order here: https://labeque.lnk.to/Glass 
Follow Katia & Marielle Labèque on Facebook: @labeque.official 

Contact Promo: Thierry Messonnier thierry@thepublicists.fr


Les Enfants Terribles
Etude No. 17
Etude No. 20
Out October 23, 2020