Friday, August 07, 2009

Multiple Pianos Day at the Proms this Sunday

Long live music for herds of pianos! Proms 32 and 33 at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend feature music for multiple pianos. The horde of pianists:

Katia and Marielle Labèque, Philip Moore, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, John Constable, Rolf Hind, Tom Poster, Ashley Wass, Llyr Williams, Alisssa Firsova, Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips.

Over two concerts, they will be devouring these works:
  • Fauré's Dolly Suite
  • Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos K 365
  • a new work by Ann Meredith
  • Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme by Paganini
  • Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals
  • Atheil's Ballet mécanique
  • John Adams' Grand Pianola Music
  • Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
  • Strainsky's Les Noces

Here's a short documentary clip about Adams' Grand Pianola Music with a performance featuring pianists Sepp Grotenhuis and Gerard Bouwhuis:

Update 8/11:

Here's a photo of the event, posted by @missmussel in the audience:

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