The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra is giving the world premiere of Michael Nyman’s famous Piano concerto, in the version for two pianos, performed by the popular LP Duo on 8 and 9 June (Kolarac, 8pm). In addition to the popular soundtrack from the film The Piano, the orchestra will also play pieces by Adams, Debussy and Scriabin, under the baton of Fabrice Bollon.
One of today’s best known composers, Michal Nyman became internationally recognized as the composer of a large number of soundtrack numbers for famous films, the most popular being the music for Jane Campion’s film The Piano, which he used as the basis for his Concerto for piano and orchestra. Through this piece, wide audiences came to understand minimalistic music, with Nyman as its most prominent representative.
LP Duo, consisting of pianists Sonja Lončar and Andrija Pavlović, have searched for a long time for the version of this piece for two pianos, which has been quite mystified in the musical community: “We spent years searching for it and just when we decided to arrange it by ourselves, the version for two pianos written by the composer himself emerged. It is fantastic that we have been given the opportunity to play its world premiere, and doing it with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra is a special treat”, the pianists said excited about the support from the composer himself. “Michael Nyman recently contacted us and wished us luck in performing this piece, and he also regretted for not being able to attend the premiere”.
The programme of the BPO’ concerts on 8–9 June will include J. Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, C. Debussy’s Jeux and A. Scriabin’s The Poem of Extasy, which will be performed by as much as 103 musicians on the stage.