A Two-Piano Concerto That 'Looks' Great

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BBC SSO / PIANO DUO Glasgow City Halls GLASGOW

Double-piano concertos don't grow on trees. Apart from those by Mendelssohn, Martinu and Poulenc, there are virtually none. So when a new one is unveiled, it's an event. Just such an event will take place on Saturday in Glasgow, when two young pianists, Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips, will flight-test the work they inspired.

The press release, simply entitled "Double Concerto", quotes Moore as saying the piece "looks" wonderful. Why only "looks"? "Because there's no way of listening to it in advance," he replies. "But the way the instruments knit together on the page is immediately visible in the full score, which looks like a huge piece of chamber music, with each instrument pursuing its own course. From an intellectual point of view it's impressive. But we won't actually hear what it sounds like till the day before the concert. I've never been in this situation before." Like flying blind? "Yes, or working on a blank canvas. It's very refreshing. …