Concerto for Two Piano an Orchestra
The Silver Garburg Piano Duo
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
While concertos for two pianos and orchestra are more
of a niche genre in musical life, they are weighted
quite differently in the personal concert schedule of
the Silver-Garburg piano duo. Felix Mendelssohn
Bartholdy’s concertos for two pianos appear more
than 20 times on the tour plan for 2009 alone.
Played in tandem, the two concertos for two pianos
show two sides of Mendelssohn’s musical language.
The E major concert is bright, transparent, “classical”,
while the A flat major concerto embodies the magnificence,
weight and drama of the romantic era. The
accompanying ensemble contributes significantly to
the outstanding quality of the recording: a precisely
attuned chamber orchestra – the Bavarian Chamber
Philharmonic – is directed by Christopher Hogwood,
who with his experience of historical performance
practice gives even Mendelssohn exceptional pithiness
in terms of articulation and phrasing.