The repertoire for piano four hands (aka piano duets) is neither very well known nor often performed in public, so I was intrigued. Apart from playing piano duets with piano teachers, I did not know the repertoire, and so was delighted to discover such variety and quality last night. Not only this, but piano four hands is fun to watch! Schubert kept the four hands in their places on the upper and lower halves of the keyboard, but Mendelssohn had hands crossing and as Alison Gill pointed out, “the choregraphy gets interesting”. The Hungarian dances by Liszt were fabulously evocative and fun, and then the highlight of the evening came in the second half – Stravinsky’s own arrangement of Petrushka for piano four hands. I am a newcomer to Richmondshire and Richmondshire Concerts and have to say I was impressed. I will be back!
Photo: Jane Morris Abson
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