Thu. 19 Aug. 2021 | 7:00 p.m. | Rellingen | Gemeindesportplatz, Open Air | K 128

Lucas and Arthur Jussen

Lucas and Arthur Jussen

Lucas and Arthur Jussen, piano

Gemeindesportplatz, Open Air Ellerbeker Weg 6, Rellingen,

Franz Schubert:
Allegro A minor D 947 Lebensstürme (Storms of Life)
Eight variations on a theme from the opera Marie by Ferdinand Hérold D 908
Fantasia in F minor D 940 for four-handed piano

Felix Mendelssohn:
Andante and Allegro brillant A major, Op. 92 for piano four hands

Maurice Ravel:
Suite Ma mère l’oye for four-handed piano

The piano duo has been fascinating the classical world with performances for some years now that are as personally colored as they are technically brilliant and, above all, expressive. Influenced by their parents’ since early childhood, Lucas and Arthur made their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw at the age of 10 and 13, respectively. They were taught by Maria João Pires, among others, studied with Menahem Pressler, and have already performed together with greats like Lang Lang. In 2010, they signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Lucas and Arthur Jussen made their debut with Beethoven’s piano sonatas for which they received a platinum award. 
At the center of their first SHMF guest appearance, the siblings will focus on works by Franz Schubert, like the enchanting Allegro Lebensstürme or the Fantasia in F minor, which the composer dedicated to Comtesse Caroline von Esterházy, a piano student of Schubert’s who often played four-handed with him – and who is also considered his great love. Four-handed piano playing had an important role in 19th century Vienna, and hardly any other composer has left such a comprehensive and visionary oeuvre in this genre as Schubert.

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