KATIA e MARIELLE LABEQUE
PHILIP GLASS LE ENFANTS TERRIBLES
Lawrence Renes direttore
See and Heard International
“The recording by the Labeques of this for DG is a miracle of performance; but somehow this account trumped it. It was the occasion of its UK première but the sisters, surely the perfect piano pairing, somehow took the excitement of the piece to greater Heights”
"Pianists fare better, since those arpeggiations are unequivocally idiomatic on a keyboard. The Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra was championed by its dedicatees Katia and Marielle Labèque, whose unaccompanied passages offered some precious lucidity amid the heavyweight jauntiness. The standout item, though, was the UK premiere of a new arrangement for two pianos of Glass’s “dance opera” Les Enfants Terribles. What was lost in variety with the absence of singers was regained in the Labèque sisters’ remarkable playing: their velveteen touch interrupted periodically by harsh attacks, their exchange of patterns, sounds and colours almost liquid.”
"The “Enfants Terribles Suite” that followed proved, to my surprise, the evening’s masterpiece. …...Glass’s complete “Enfants Terribles” – the second of three Glass works based on Jean Cocteau creations – is a danced chamber opera (1996). Having never seen it, I now long to – and yet could it equal the intimate beauty of Michael Riesman’s two-piano suite? The Labèques played it with devout objectivity. While each section illustrates the moods and actions of scenes in the narrative, the work overall becomes a subtly and enchantingly poetic series of études.