World premieres of new works by Bryce Dessner and Anna Thorvaldsdottir are among the highlights of an enticing programme as the Dream House Quartet returns to London. Dessner’s Clouds and Thorvaldsdottir’s what things become have both been specially written for the concert, which takes place at the Royal Festival Hall on June 2.
The distinctive sound of the ensemble, which features two pianos and two electric guitars, has its roots in a double album – Minimalist Dream House – released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2013. The album, which was conceived by pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, features music by Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Terry Riley among others. In 2018, with the addition of guitarists Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin, the project grew into the Dream House Quartet, touring widely and recording Dessner’s El Chan and Haven in 2019.
Dream House Quartet, Royal Festival Hall, London
02 June 2022, 7.30pm
Philip Glass: Four Movements for Two Pianos
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: what things become (World Premiere)
Bryce Dessner: El Chan
Bryce Dessner: Haven
Bryce Dessner: Clouds (World Premiere)
Performers: Katia Labèque, piano; Marielle Labèque, piano; Bryce Dessner, guitar; David Chalmin, guitar