US Premiere of Concerto for Two Pianos and more from Bryce Dessner

US Premiere of Concerto for Two Pianos and more from Bryce Dessner
Bryce Dessner; credit: Shervin Lainez
Bryce Dessner's Concerto for Two Pianos opens with a rolling boom of sound, rich and super-saturated. The two piano soloists, Katia and Marielle Labèque, gallop up and down the keyboard and the orchestra shudders and blurts. It is the kind of curtain-drawing moment that concertos used to be made of, and as this introduction clears out, a rising four-note piano theme emerges. It's a simple, searching figure that could serve an Indiana Jones-style swashbuckler score as well as a chamber opera, and Dessner proves that to us by blowing the theme up and shrinking it. We hear it ripple through the woodwinds, the strings; under the hands of the Labèque sisters, it sounds like cool jazz.
— Jayson Greene, Pitchfork 

Bryce Dessner commences an exciting season September 20 and 21 in his hometown of Cincinnati, where his Concerto for Two Pianos receives its US premiere with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Louis Langrée. Written for and featuring the composer's frequent and dear collaborators Katia and Marielle Labèque, the Concerto is Dessner's largest and most ambitious orchestral work to date. Its world-premiere recording was released on Deutsche Grammophon this spring to critical acclaim — you can peruse the score and listen to the album below.

Concerto for Two Pianos (2017)
Listen on Spotify | Peruse the score | Watch a short excerpt on YouTube

Other Upcoming Performances

Triptych (Eyes of One On Another)
September 20, 2019, Austin, TX: Texas Performing Arts
September 28, 2019, Berkeley, CA: Cal Performances
October 3, 2019, Stanford, CA: Stanford Live
October 9, 2019, Seattle, WA: Seattle Theatre Group
October 30 - November 3, 2019, Boston, MA: Arts Emerson
Korde Arrington Tuttle, libretto; featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith
Roomful of Teeth with Alicia Hall Moran & Isaiah Robinson; directed by Kaneza Schaal
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann in cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Triptych (Eyes of One On Another) (2019)
Watch Dessner and Tuttle discuss Triptych | Preview Triptych on YouTube

Wires (New York premiere)
November 14-16 2019, New York, NY
New York Philharmonic, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor, Bryce Dessner, guitar
The performance on November 16 will be followed by a Nightcap curated by Dessner.

Wires (2016)
Listen on | Peruse the score

Voy a Dormir
February 6 2020, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Symphony, Joseph Young, conductor, Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano 

Voy a Dormir (2018)
Listen to an excerpt with O'Connor and Dessner | Peruse the score

Other Albums

Released to acclaim in August, Dessner reunited with Eighth Blackbird to produce When We Are Inhuman, a suite of folk music arranged by Dessner, songs by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and a new recording of Stay On It, a seminal work by Julius Eastman.

Listen on Spotify

Ensemble Resonanz releases Bryce Dessner – Tenebrae October 11, which will feature the world-premiere recordings of Skirk and new arrangements of Aheym and Tenebre, along with a new recording of Lachrimae, Dessner's first composition for string orchestra.

Aheym (2009)
Watch on YouTube (string quartet) | Peruse the score (chamber or string orchestra, arr. 2012)
Tenebre (2011)
Listen on Spotify (string quartet) | Peruse the score (string orchestra, arr. 2014)
Lachrimae (2012)
Listen on Spotify | Peruse the score

For more information on Bryce Dessner, please contact Tina Speed.

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