Piano Duo

Güher and Süher Pekinel

Mozart | Debussy | Infante | Ravel

Wed, 22.11. | 19.30 | No. 17505

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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18.11.-26.11. 2017



    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Fantasia for a Mechanical Clock in F minor, K. 608
    Fugue in C minor, K. 426
    Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 (375a)
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    En blanc et noir for two pianos
    Manuel Infante (1883–1958)
    Sentimiento from Tres danzas andaluzas for two pianos
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Rapsodie espagnole for two pianos

    Outsiders have a hard, if not impossible, time trying to tell them apart. Which is not surprising, since Güher and Süher Pekinel are identical twin sisters. Many have attributed the breathtaking homogeneity that characterizes their playing as a piano duo to this fact, but Süher Pekinel counters: “That is pure speculation,” believing more in a telepathic communication. The two Turkish sisters, who have appeared together since they were six, have followed this principle for some time with an unorthodox arrangement of their grand pianos: rather than sitting opposite each other, frequently they perform with their instruments staggered one next to the other, which precludes any eye contact. “Of course we take on a risk doing that, but it allows us to feel spontaneous impulses more strongly.” Mozart’s great D major Sonata, K. 448, and Debussy’s cycle En blanc et noir are both classics of the repertoire for two pianos that they will perform. After which the tone will become Spanish, with music by Manuel Infante and Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole.

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    Güher and Süher Pekinel

    The Turkish twin sisters Güher and Süher Pekinel, who come from Istanbul, made their first appearance as a piano duo at the age of six and their debut with the Ankara Philharmonic Orchestra three years later. Their studies have taken them to Yvonne Loriod in Paris, August Leopolder in Frankfurt am Main, Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Juilliard School in New York, where they worked with Claudio Arrau, Leon Fleisher, and Adele Marcus. The Pekinels won first prize at the UNESCO World Piano Competition in 1978, and in 1984 they were invited by Herbert von Karajan to make their debut at the Salzburg Festival. Güher and Süher Pekinel regard the following among the highlights of their 40-year international career: a Eurovision concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, which was broadcast to 28 countries; a major tour with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta; and a European tour with Jacques Loussier and his “Take Bach” project. The sisters have also concertized with the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, and the English Chamber Orchestra. They opened the 2017-18 season with concerts at the Tonhalle in Zurich and in Basel with the London Philharmonic. Following their Lucerne appearance, they will undertake a tour of Asia and perform with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. Güher and Süher Pekinel have recorded numerous CDs of repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartók; in October 2017, they released the box set Treasures, which includes ten concertos for two pianos and orchestra. The sisters are committed to charitable education projects in Turkey.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 27 August 1985 playing Bach’s Double Concerto BWV 1061, accompanied by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Zdeněk Mácal.

    November 2017