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CHRISTOPHER DUIGAN WITH JPO (article first published : 2005-08-7)

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra contrasts two-piano concertos in the second week of its performances at the Linder Auditorium on August 10 and 11.

Appearing in the Mozart-Concerto for 2 Pianos K365 and the Poulenc-Concerto for 2 Pianos conducted by Conrad van Alphen are award-winning South African soloists Anneke Lamont and Christopher Duigan. Christopher is from KwaZulu-Natal and well-known for his work with his Music Revival organisation. The two pianists have performed extensively together at one and two pianos since 1997.

There is a world of difference between the two concertos, not least because they were written 153 years apart.

Mozart wrote his double piano concerto for his sister Nannerl upon his return to Salzburg in 1779 and his piece reflects a sense of domestic bliss.

French composer Poulenc by contrast wrote his work in 1932 and used it to impress the modern school at a festival of contemporary music, yet it is hardly modern in the avant garde sense and there are even a few hints of Mozart in the work's slow movement.

The evening is rounded off with Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major - arguably his most popular and widely performed symphony.

Performances are held at 20h00 at the Linder Auditorium, JCE, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, with pre-concert talks scheduled for 19h15.

Tickets per performance range from R75 to R140 from Computicket. Season tickets range from R60 to R115 per performance and can be obtained from the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra by calling 011 789 2733. Students and pensioners qualify for discounts.




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