Friday 5 October 2018

Dobrinka Tabakova's 'Together Remember to Dance'

Lucas & Arthur Jussen (Photo Marco Borggreve)
Lucas & Arthur Jussen (Photo Marco Borggreve)
Dobrinka Tabakova's double piano concerto, Together Remember to Dance will receive its UK premiere on Wednesday 10 October 2018 in a concert at Watford Colisseum, performed by BBC Concerto Orchestra, conductor Bramwell Tovey with the young Dutch piano duo Lucas and Arthur Jussen as soloists. The programme also includes music by Poulenc, Milhaud and Martinu. 

Dobrinka Tabakova is the BBC Concert Orchestra's composer in residence. Her double piano cocnerto was premiered by Lucas and Arthur Jansson last year with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (you can see the event on Vimeo), and the same performers took it to the Istanbul Music Festival earlier this year.

Written for two pianos, percussion and strings, Tabakova's new concerto is in three movements, 'Together', 'Remember' and 'Dance', and it explores the relationship between the pianos and the orchestra in dramatic fashion, with a spiralling waltz as the second movement and a perpetuum mobile as the third.

Full information about the concert from the BBC website.


  1. An entirely derivative piece, alas.

  2. I heard this on the Radio 3 broadcast, and I have been trying to track it down ever since. I found it one of the most engaging pieces of new music I have heard for a long time. I am waiting for a recording to be made and I hope that it is soon. Tabakova's music has the tunefulness that is missing in much modern music.

    John Rostron

  3. I was fortunate to be present at that recording held in the Watford Colosseum in October 2018.
    The audience found this new piece absolutely enthralling, captivating and inspiring played by the young Jussen brothers.
    I too wish there was a recording by them to add to my collection..


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