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Press release date: January 2008

Double Piano Concerto Premiere – Glasgow 15 March 2008

Piano
Duo, Philip Moore
and
Simon
Crawford-Phillips
will
perform the world
premiere
of
a new concerto for two pianos and orchestra on March 15th with the
BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra
(BBCSSO)
conducted by
Martyn Brabbins
at
Glasgow City Halls. The new work, simply titled Double
Concerto
has
been commissioned from German composer Detlev
Glanert
by
the Borletti-Buitoni
Trust
(the
Piano Duo was awarded a BBT fellowship in 2004) and the BBC SSO.

Simon
Crawford-Philips and Philip Moore formed the Piano Duo in 1995, as a
result of meeting at the Royal Academy where they were both pupils of
Hamish Milne and have won several awards and prizes as a duo as well
as individually. Hamburg-born Detlev Glanert studied with Henze and
has been composing since the age of 12. British audiences would best
remember his highly acclaimed Proms debut in 2005 when the BBC
Symphony Orchestra premiered his Theatrum
Bestiarum
.

The
Double Concerto’s inspiration was found on Mars: the composer was
fascinated by the Pathfinder images of the planet and the physical
features that had been given names from European mythology. Rather
than the Martian landscape itself, it was the concept of man
interpreting absolutely unknown landscapes with well known names that
intrigued him. The concerto’s nine movements are therefore named
after Martian landscape features, from Nirgal
Vallis
to
Elysium
Mons
.

Glanert
explores the idea of double-play on a number of levels. “The
solo keyboard parts could not be heroic in the Romantic sense”
he
notes “a
double hero is no hero. While the orchestra is often a reflection,
the piano parts view the same things through two pairs of eyes.”

Philip
Moore comments: “The
concerto looks wonderful – evocative, masterful, idiomatic writing
for pianos and orchestra, as we knew it would be from listening to
Detlev’s other pieces.
It really is thrilling to be part of the whole creative process
.”

The
nine movements of the Double Concerto are titled:

Nirgal
Vallis, Orcus Patera, Medua Fossae, Noctis Labyrinthus, Gigas
Sulci,Tithonium Chasma, Ceraunius Tholus, Aureum Chaos

Detlev
Glane
rt
www.boosey.com
Detlev
Glanert studied with Henze in Cologne He is acclaimed particularly
for his operas and orchestral works which demonstrate lyrical gifts
and a fascination with the Romantic past viewed from a modern
perspective . He admires Mahler for his expressive encompassing of
the entire world, and Ravel for his glittering artificial surfaces.
Glanert won the prestigious Rolf Liebermann Opera Prize in 1993 for
The
Mirror of the Great Emperor
,
staged at Mannheim in 1995 and Mönchengladbach in 1997, and the
Bavarian Theatre Prize in 2001 for Jest,
Satire, Irony and Deeper Meaning
,
with numerous stage productions his most successful opera so far.
Orchestral output includes three symphonies and concertos for piano
and violin. His works are conducted by, among others, Markus Stenz,
Oliver Knussen, Kent Nagano and Jun Märkl.

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