Katia and Marielle Labèque present an inspired and uplifting program of American music for two pianos that marks the duo s return to repertoire they pioneered in the 1980s. The Labèques innovative interpretation for Phillips of Gershwin s Rhapsody in Blue launched a stellar international career and was one of the first gold records in classical music. This new release from KML Records features the sisters new look at Gershwin s immortal Rhapsody coupled with Irwin Kostal s arrangement of music from Leonard Bernstein s beloved musical West Side Story. Kostal penned the original orchestration of West Side Story and his work won both an Oscar® and a GRAMMY® Award.
For ensemble synchronicity and fine-tuned calibration of all things pianistic, Katia and Marielle Labèque begin where most two-piano teams leave off. --Classics Today