PHILLIP GLASS — DOUBLE CONCERTO FOR 2 PIANOS
« In the double concerto I was aiming for a very different dynamic than one hears in the big Romantic-era repertoire. The 19th century concertos were kind of showdown between the orchestra and the soloists. But I saw the orchestra instead as being an extension of the piano- even more extended, because here you have two pianos. I don’t want those 176 keys to dominate. In this piece that balance is critical and difficult. I want them to blend into each other. So this concerto is not for amateurs. You’ve got to be on your toes »
Grammy winners Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, along with pianists Katia and Marielle Labéque, released the world-premiere recording of Philip Glass' newest concert work, his Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra on Orange Mountain Music exclusively on iTunes. The digital-only recording is also available.
Recorded during its world premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in May 2015, Glass' Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra was composed for soloists Katia and Marielle Labéque in the fall and winter of 2014-15 and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker and Orquesta Nacional de España.