Glass - Les Enfants terribles (arr. Riesman), 2 Etudes | Deutsche Grammophon 4855097

Glass - Les Enfants terribles (arr. Riesman), 2 Etudes

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4855097

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd October 2020



Katia Labeque (piano)
Marielle Labeque (piano)


Glass, Philip

Etude no.17
Etude no.20
Les Enfants terribles (arr. Michael Riesman for piano duet)


Katia Labeque (piano)
Marielle Labeque (piano)


Presenting the opera Les Enfants terribles arranged for piano duet, dedicated to Katia and Marielle Labèque, and Etudes nos. 17 & 20.

The new recording captures the pianists’ special artistic relationship with Philip Glass – a follow-up to the Double Piano Concerto the composer dedicated to the sisters in 2015.

Katia and Marielle Labèque are known for the fusion and energy of their duet, pursuing a stunning career all around the world, supporting both the classical repertoire and the contemporary creation. After having worked with Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, in the last years they continued to create works written specifically for them by Louis Andriessen , Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Thom Yorke and soon Nico Muhly.

Philip Glass’s music occupies a special place in Katia and Marielle Labèque’s creation since they are already dedicatees of his Double Concerto for two pianos. It’s the composer himself who chose to adapt his opera Les Enfants terribles after Jean Cocteau's novel for them, in a suite for piano duet, entrusting the adaptation to Michael Riesman, his longtime collaborator and arranger.

The album, in which the work of Jean Cocteau and Philip Glass confront each other, was put into images by Ronan Day Lewis who deeply connects the subject of two lost souls isolated in the creation of their world.

‘The Labèque sisters are tremendous. They’re great performers, and great interpreters. And they’re wonderful supporters of music -  not only modern music, but just music. It was great to work with them.’ – Philip Glass

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