29 Sep 2018

Katia and Marielle Labèque in conversation with Albrecht Mayer (17 min.)

The sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, who form one of the most famous piano duos in the world, made their debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as long ago as 1987, and since then have performed works by Mozart, Poulenc and Stravinsky with the orchestra. In September 2018, they played Max Bruch’s little-known concerto for two pianos and orchestra under the direction of Marielle’s husband, Semyon Bychkov. Despite being composed as late as 1915, it is one of the few late-Romantic works available in the repertoire for this line-up of soloists. In this video with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe, Albrecht Mayer, the artists discuss Bruch’s composition, which is based more on Mendelssohn than on Brahms, and whose dedicatees were also sisters, about how they communicate as siblings, and their interests beyond music,

The concert