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The Labèques, Dessner, and Ravel

Sat / Mar 13, 2021 - 8:00PM

Bryce Dessner’s concerto for the Labèques, plus colorful Ravel

About this Performance

Pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque are known for their deep artistic interpretations and boundaryless collaborations, both of which they will bring to the double piano concerto written by their Minimalist Dream House quartet partner Bryce Dessner. Dessner – celebrated both as guitarist and songwriter for The National and as a contemporary classical and film composer – has been praised for “a developed technique and an intense emotional voice” by his mentor Steve Reich. The Labèques recorded his concerto in 2017, which Gramophone hailed for its “sharp contrast between musical blocks” and “colorful post-minimal style.” 

The newly appointed music director for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gustavo Gimeno, leads the LA Phil in color-rich 20th century music by French composers Maurice Ravel and Henri Dutilleux. In Une barque sur l’océan, Ravel paints the shifting shapes of the sea, and in his second suite from the ballet Daphnis and Chloe, the composer evokes morning in a grotto that turns to a celebration. In between, Dutilleux’s Métaboles is constructed as a slowly evolving theme and variations that showcase each section of the orchestra, all while dazzling harmonies and textures emerge and wane. 

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