The Labèque Sisters Play Poulenc

Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan conductor
Katia & Marielle Labèque pianos

Poulenc: Suite Française 12′
Mozart: Concerto in E flat for Two Pianos, K.365 26′
Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos 19′
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 25′

Katia and Marielle Labèque: the ultimate sister act! They’re a byword for gallic charm, musical wit, and that irresistible, sparkling je ne sais quoi. And tonight’s concert lets them loose on some of the most delightful music ever written for two pianos and orchestra: Mozart’s youthful romp, and Poulenc’s champagne-cocktail of a double concerto. Conductor Nicholas McGegan accompanies with a glint in his eye. Fifty years after the composer’s death, he treats us to another mouthwatering Poulenc rarity, plus a Mozart symphony that positively glows with warmth.   www.cbso.co.uk

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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “There could be no more adept performers of these wonderful works than Katia  and Marielle Labeque, siblings (as were Mozart and his sister Nannerl, who  premiered the Salzburg piece), and Parisiennes, capturing all of the Poulenc’s  street-cred (Mozart with Gallic dust on his shoes).

Nicholas McGegan was the conductor, bubbling with geniality and enjoying  every minute of his collaboration with the sparky sisters.”

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