Pekinel-Duo with and without Orchestra

Remy Franck , 08.10.2014

Bela Bartok: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra; Franz Schubert: Fantasie Op. 103; Wolfgang A. Mozart: Sonata for two Pianos in D Major; Claude Debussy: In Black and White for Two Pianos; Carlos Infante: Sentimento from the Andalusian Dances; Francis Poulenc: Elegy for Two Pianos; Witold Lutoslawski: Paganini-Variations; Johannes Brahms: The Hungarian Dances No. 5; Darius Milhaud: Brasileiras from Scaramouche; Güher & Süher Pekinel, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta; 1 DVD + 1 CD Arthaus 102 191; Image 16:9; Stereo; 2012/2010 (111′)

102191_Pekinel_in_Cover-smallOn this DVD, twin sisters Güher and Süher Pekinel are seen both in a recital and with an orchestra. In Bartok’s ouevre, the piano often plays  rhitmical big role. This is, more or less, emphasized by the conception and temperament of each interpreter. Although the Pekinel-Duo doesn’t leave out the rhitmical element, the quint essences for both Turkish pianists are the colors. Bartok’s inventiveness in this respect is well expressed here, especially through Zubin Mehta and the Florentine Orchestra’s meticulous care towards color. Pure musical expressionism!

The Ludwigsburger concert begins with Schubert’s „Fantasie Op. 103 for Piano 4-Hands.“ Both pianists work out the contrast between the two parts very well by covering the darker tones with wonderfully lyrical „lighter“ tones. Mozart’s „Sonata for Two Pianos KV 448“ lives with the inspired dialogue and energetic alternating between the two pianists.

The highpoints of the DVD include the emotionally dense second movement of Debussy’s „En blanc et noir,“ the colorful and virtuosically impressive „Sentimento“ from the Andalusian Dances by Manuel Infante, the brilliant „Paganini-Variations“ by Lutoslawski, and Johannes Brahm’s own, very playful transcription of the Hungarian Dances No. 5, in which the perfectly functioning Pekinel Duo once again shows that the musical always comes first for both pianists.

Parts of the program are also included in this set as a Bonus CD and those who would like to hear the entire program without the images, can also obtain a double-CD under the Arthaus-Catalague number 101 792 without the film track.

In a varied program with and without orchestra, the Pekinel Duo once again convinces through very fine performances with a lot of color.