Bryce Dessner | New Classical Album 'El Chan'

Bryce Dessner | New Classical Album 'El Chan'

Pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque present their new album El Chan to be released by Deutche Grammophone on April 5, 2019 dedicated entirely to the composer Bryce Dessner
El Chan features debut recordings of three works: Concerto for Two Pianos (2017) performed by the Labèque Sisters, Orchestre de Paris and Matthias Pintscher, El Chan (2016) for two pianos dedicated to film director Alejandro Iñárritu and Haven (2019) for two pianos and two guitars and which will be premiered live in concert during the Minimalist Dream House tour in April 2019.

Concerto for Two Pianos
1 - First Movement
2 - Second Movement
3 - Third Movement

4 - Haven

El Chan
5 - El Charco del Ingenio
6 - Points of Light
7 - Four Winds
8 - Ballade d'Allende
9 - Coyote
10 - Pool of El Chan
11 - Mountain

Arranged for two pianos and performed regularly by Katia and Marielle Labèque, El Chan is dedicated to Dessner’s friend and collaborator, film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (The Revenant, Babel, Amores Perros, etc.) and his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman. The work is inspired by the mythical guardian spirit, ‘El Chan,’ of a pool of water nestled in the canyons close to Iñarritu and Hagerman’s hometown of San Miguel de Allende, in the stunning Mexican landscape, and which has been the source of popular legends for many centuries. Iñárritu in turn created the cover artwork for this new album.

Video clip from Concerto for Two Pianos

Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos was written for Katia and Marielle Labèque after the three met during rehearsals with Los Angeles Phiharmonic several years ago and where they formed an immediate bond, both musically and personally. The work premiered with London Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Southbank Centre in April 2018 and has been performed internationally by orhcestras including Orchestre de Paris, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Musica Nova in Helsinki as well as Netherlands Philharmonic. Its US première will take place with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in September 2019.

Peruse the score

The Minimalist Dream House tour will see Katia and Marielle Labèque alongside David Chalmin and Bryce Dessner, as well as special guest Thom Yorke who will give the world premiere of a new work. 


April 7, 2019
Philharmonie de Paris, France
Tickets and info

April 7, 2019
Auditorium de Lyon, France
Tickets and info

April 9, 2019
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Tickets and info

April 10, 2019
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
Tickets and info 

Cover artwork by film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

Related News