Bach Jazz / Guher & Suher Pekinel, Jacques Loussier Trio [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Twin sisters Güher and Süher Pekinel are recognized worldwide as a duo of exceptional artistry and magnetism. Their performances in recital and with leading orchestras are considered to demonstrate extraordinary musicality, command of the keyboard and unanimity of style and execution. Amazingly, they perform back-to-back, eschewing any eye contact in order to focus on their respective "breath of musical momentum." Born in Istanbul, the Pekinels first performed in public at the age of six and made their orchestral debut three years later with the Ankara Philharmonic. Beginning their formal instruction at the Conservatoire de Paris, they later studied with such piano legends as Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. The duo often collaborated with Herbert von Karajan, who invited them to play at the Salzburg Festival in 1984, jumpstarting their international career. Additionally, the Pekinels are strong proponents of music education in their native Turkey and globally. Includes the documentary Double Life, a portrait of the Pekinels' musical lives.

Fanfare
Since I was unfamiliar with them or their lives, the 40-minute documentary - produced as a real film with narration (either by the sisters or by British actresses speaking their words; I'm not quite sure because you never actually see them speaking, and one would think that Turkish sisters raised in France would not have flawless British diction) - was utterly fascinating. Here are twin sisters for whom music has been, literally, their whole lives. Even when they were swept up in some of the social change and demonstrations of the late 1960s, they always returned to their music for solace and strength. I assume from the narrative that neither is married, or even has a significant other. Their world is completely wrapped up in music and each other, which probably explains the intense energy of their playing. For those for whom this review is of interest, this is an indispensable release.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 150 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060
  • Performers: Süher Pekinel (Piano); Güher Pekinel (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1062
  • Performers: Süher Pekinel (Piano); Güher Pekinel (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D minor, BWV 1063
  • Performers: Süher Pekinel (Piano); Güher Pekinel (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1738-1739

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
  • Performers: Süher Pekinel (Piano); Güher Pekinel (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
  • Performers: Süher Pekinel (Piano); Güher Pekinel (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893