A RARE treat for real aficionados of live classical piano music comes to Reading’s Concert Hall next weekend in the
A RARE treat for real aficionados of live classical piano music comes to Reading’s Concert Hall next weekend in the form of piano duet, the Labèque sisters, who will peform together on two pianos, writes Lesley Potter.
Katia and Marielle Labèque, both now in their 60s, have toured the world with their performances of four-hand pieces since they graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1968.
Their repertoire for next Saturday, February 16, has changed from the original plan. They will play Debussy’s Nuages Et Fêtes, and three pieces by Ravel — Rhapsodie Espagnole, Ma Mère l’Oye and Boléro. In the latter piece they are accompanied by Basque percussion group, the Kalakan Trio.
The sisters were born in Bayonne in southwest France, near the Spanish border, and were taught to play by their Italian mother from a very young age.
They rose to international fame early in their careers with a two-piano recording to Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and have since played in festivals and world-renowned concert halls including the Carnegie hall, La Scala and the Royal Festival Hall.