Music Alive for Monday 21 December 2015
Diedre Irons & Michael Endres (piano duo), Lenny Sakofsky & Thomas Guldborg (percussion)
Lenny Sakofsky and Thomas Guldborg from Stroma and the NZSO, with pianists Michael Endres and Diedre Irons, together they form this magic interplay, as spectacular to watch as it will remain echoed in your ears and in your mind.
In tonight’s programme, we have Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, one of the masterworks of the 20th century. It is the perfect synthesis of tradition and modernism: of eastern harmony and mysticism combined with western classical structure and rigour. It is also hardly ever performed, for the difficulties of combining two grand pianos and this astonishing array of instruments: xylophone, bass drum, cymbals, no less than four glowing timpani. (Source: CMNZ)
Recorded in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert