Editors’ Notes 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 mesmerizing showcase for Dessner’s extraordinary gift for musical drama.

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Concerto for two pianos
Concerto for two pianos: First movement
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Concerto for two pianos: Second movement
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Concerto for two pianos: Third movement
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Haven
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El Chan
El Chan: 1. El charco del ingenio
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El Chan: 2. Points of light
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El Chan: 3. Four winds
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El Chan: 4. Ballade d’Allende
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El Chan: 5. Coyote
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El Chan: 6. Pool of El Chan
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El Chan: 7. Mountain
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