Katia and Marielle Labèque - pianos
SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati makes his Festival debut with this performance of work by Rebel, Poulenc, Bizet and Volans.
Irish-based South African Kevin Volans achieved wide recognition when the Kronos Quartet's recording of his White Man Sleeps became a bestseller. Volans has incorporated African folk song into his new work, Symphony: Daar Kom die Alibama, commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and made possible by Donald MacDonald.
Virtuoso pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque bring their sharply contrasted yet highly communicative style to Poulenc's exciting Concerto for two pianos.
Bizet's Symphony in C was written by the composer at the tender age of 17. Brisk fanfares and rushing strings characterise this amazingly stylish work.