Il Giardino Armonico
conductor Giovanni Antonini
fortepiano Katia and Marielle Labèque

Franz Joseph Haydn
Ouverture from The Deserted Island Hob 28/9

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concert in F major KV 242 for two pianos and orchestra
(transcription by W.A. Mozart of the concert for three pianos)
Concert in E-flat major KV 365 for two pianos and orchestra

Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp minor “Abschiedssymphonie” (Farewell Symphony), Hob:I:45

The story of the Labèque sisters is told in The Labèque Way – A Letter to Katia and Marie by Alessandro Baricco, now a documentary film where Félix Cábez narrates how their lives were dedicated to Art and became Art themselves. Growing up in Paris, the daughters of pianist Ada Cecchi started playing as a duo at an early age: celebrity came with their two-piano recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, but their repertoire soon extended from Bach to Glass, who composed a concert for them. Together with Il Giardino Armonico, they now propose Mozart’s best-known concertos: KV 242, composed in Salzburg in 1776 as a commission by the Lodrons, noble upstarts with a passion for music, and KV 365, which Wolfgang conceived for himself and his beloved sister Nannerl, with whom he performed it in Vienna in 1781.