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Mark Koldys
American Record Guide, November 2010

this lively, ostentatious rendition is full of keyboard pyrotechnics and a good amount of Gershwinesque spirit.

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Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine, November 2010


The Labèque sisters have certainly got rhythm here in Gershwin’s piano-and-orchestra works transferred to two pianos. Irresistible verve., August 2010

The Labèque sisters (Katia, born 1950, and Marielle, born 1952) were and are exceptional pianists, too, and their Gershwin CD is an utter delight to hear...the performances themselves are so well done and so interesting. No one is likely to prefer the two-piano version of the Concerto in F to the version with orchestra—there is something too bare-bones about the work in this form—but it cannot be denied that the Labèque sisters play it with great style and considerable élan. Rhapsody in Blue is even more interesting. Will listeners miss the floating clarinet sounds and jazzy wails of the brass? Of course. But instead of those, the Labèques deliver a knockout recital-style performance that sounds as if it belongs in a dance hall. It is all rhythm and beat and brightness and a series of great tunes tossed back and forth with aplomb. It is really a delight to hear...Newton Classics is doing a superb job of bringing back, for the 21st century, some of the most interesting performances made by artists in the final decades of the 20th. This is a label that bears watching—and hearing.

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