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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A Soirée with the Labéques

Thursday 18 February 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Gilbert Varga  conductor
Katia & Marielle Labèque  pianos

Berlioz: Overture – Le Corsaire 9′
Debussy: En blanc et noir 16′
Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos 20′
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite 18′
Ravel: Boléro 14′

It’s a real pleasure to welcome back to Birmingham the amazing Labèque sisters, for one of the most sparkling of all French pieces, Poulenc’s delightful double concerto. They also bring their uniquely gallic flair to Debussy’s masterpiece for two pianos and Ravel’s sumptuous Spanish fantasy brings the evening to an exuberant finish.

We are sorry to announce that Lionel Bringuier has been obliged to withdraw from tonight’s concert as he has had a fall and injured his arm. We are very grateful to Gilbert Varga who replaces him at short notice. This replacement has led to a change in the advertised programme, which is now as listed above.