Echoes of Istanbul Music Festival “In Poulenc’s compelling Concerto, Pekinels played in meticulous harmony.”
Evin İlyasoğlu, Cumhuriyet, 20.06.2018

46. Istanbul Music Festival conjoined young musicians’ enthusiasm as much as great performances of world famous names.As a high energic series of events relished the audience.

The performances of Pianist Daniil Trifonov, soprano Joyce Di Donato, soprano Diana Damrau and bas bariton Nicolas Teste; violinist Charlie Siem, pianist Khatia Buniatisvili  and violinist Renaud Capuçon, cellist Mischa Maisky, Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Yekwon Sunwoo who is introduced to Turkish audience for the first time were unforgettable.

The Closing Concert with English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz featuring Güher and Süher Pekinel as solosits was among other concerts that I could watch also an unforgettable experience.

Pekinels performed „Concerto for two pianos and orchestra“ by 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. Poulenc, in 1920’s as a member of „Les Six“ initiated humorous music through the depressing era of war.  Later, he  devoted himself to more mystical themes and aspects throughout his musical life.The eclectic piece which we haven’t been listening for a long time, has been performed in a dignifying and deep understanding by Pekinels. They created polysemic colors and gave the mysticism in prominence.

In Poulenc’s compelling Concerto, Pekinels played in meticulous harmony.