Bryce Dessner: El Chan

Bryce Dessner: El Chan

With its torrents of cascading notes, thrilling rhythmic interplay, astonishing orchestral effects and thrusting energy, Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos perfectly captures the irrepressible spirit of the brilliant Labèque sisters. John Adams, Steve Reich, Hollywood and Stravinsky are all among the influences on one of the most exciting concertos to emerge during the 2010s. Dessner, lead guitarist with US alt-rock band The National, performs on Haven, a driving, restless piece for guitars and pianos, while this album’s main work, El Chan—exploring an old Mexican legend and written for the Labèques—is a mesmerising showcase for Dessner’s extraordinary gift for musical drama.

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