Stravinsky: Concerto for Two Pianos
Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor (version of without orchestra)
Schumann: Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
Roman Rabinovich, Zoltán Fejérvári (piano)
The penultimate concert in The Piano Twice series features a double piano recital by two outstanding pianists known first and foremost as soloists. Roman Rabinovich’s victory at the 2008 Rubinstein International Piano Competition guaranteed him a place on the global concert scene. Critics have lauded his established technique, impressive musical memory and unique interpretation. For this concert, Rabinovich’s partner is Zoltán Fejérvári, a leading member of the rising generation of Hungarian pianists. Stravinsky’s double piano Concerto was completed in 1935; at the world premiere it was performed by the composer and his son Soulima. After Poulenc’s refreshingly brilliant and airy double piano concerto it is the turn of the Schumann four-hand cycle Bilder aus Osten, six romantic, poetic impromptus. The concert ends with Brahms’s Haydn Variations, this time not in the orchestral, but in the less-known (although still from the hand of Brahms himself) double piano version.