Labèque_© Umberto Nicoletti

Katia Labèque/Marielle Labèque

Città di Castello, Church of San Domenico

Katia Labèque piano, Marielle Labèque piano

MAURICE RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole
IGOR STRAVINSKIJ Le Sacre du printemps version for 2 piano

May 29, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, for the first time was staged  Le Sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky , scenes and costumes by Nicholas Roerich. The representation unleashed a real fight in the hall, and the reactions were contradictory ; between those who, like Maurice Ravel, were enthusiastic and those  who were disgusted by the ‘noise’. What is certain, is that the evening was unforgettable, and that the public presentation of the ballet, performed by the Ballets Russes, spelled the end of an era, the storage of the romantic musical forms and the beginning of modernity in music. The sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque – a  unique piano duo in the world music scene, for the magical alchemy given by their complicity and for the great success since their debut – will offer a  transcription for two pianos of what today is considered  to be the Stravinsky’s masterpiece, made by the composer in that fateful 1913. For  the Labèque sisters it is a strong suit, here flanked by two other great classics of their repertoire: Ma Mère l’Oye and Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel.