Schumann Stücke im Volkston
Brahms Sonata in F Op 99
De Falla Siete Canciones populares
Debussy Estampes for piano solo
Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Habanera (arr. P.Bazelaire)
Tzigane (arr. Laszlo Varga)
Individually, German cellist Alban Gerhardt and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne are two of the most outstanding concerto and recital soloists of their generation. Their long-established duo partnership reveals a beguiling chemistry that creates compelling, instinctively collaborative music-making.
After a first-half pairing of Schumann and Brahms, Gerhardt and Osborne turn from Austro-German heft to the brighter colours and zingy flavours of 20th century Spain; first in De Falla’s sparkling take on traditional melodies, then the Hispanic imaginings of France’s great colourists, Debussy and Ravel.
‘Osborne and Gerhardt are both superbly instinctive players, with an almost subliminal sense of what the other is about to do, so that every musical gesture they make seems totally spontaneous, as if they are exploring the music for the first time.’ The Guardian