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A Romantic Journey at the Piano
Wed 29 March 2017, 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Fiammetta Tarli and Ivo Varbanov, piano four hands
Franz Schubert, Fantasie in A minor for piano four hands, Op. 103 (1828)
Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Songs Waltzes) for piano four hands, Op. 52 (1869-1874)`
Johannes Brahms, Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (New Love Songs Waltzes) for piano four-hands, Op. 65a (1869-1874)
Gabriel Fauré, Dolly Suite, Six pièces pour piano à quatre main (6 pieces for piano four hands) Op. 56 (1892-94)
Husband and wife Ivo Varbanov and Fiammetta Tarli are both experienced concert pianists and musicians with a passion for unconventional music production of the highest quality. When in 2013 they joined forces and started performing as piano duo, a chemistry of musical personalities was immediately evident beyond their bond as husband and wife. Their encounter at the house of Ilona Deckers in Milan, an eminent Hungarian teacher, explains their refined central European sound culture; yet in many aspects they seem to complement each other in rich textures of a never-ending dialogue. Despite their success as a duo, they have not ceased their performing activity as soloists and in various other chamber music formations.
In 2014, their decision to start an independent audiophile record label, ICSM Records (Independent Creative Sound and Music Records) was due to their growing exigency to “have artistic and financial control over our recordings” (Interview with Norman Lebrecht, August 2014), as well as a search for “uncompromising quality in every aspect of the recording, creating artistic statements beyond time and fashion”. Over the next period, their first recordings on the international scene were met with critical acclaim.