REPERTOIRE

Concerto Repertoire

J.S. Bach - Concerto for Two Pianos and Strings in C Minor, BWV. 1060
               - Concerto for Two Pianos and Strings in C Major, BWV. 1061

Bela Bartók - Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra

The twin brothers, Richard and John Contiguglia, gave us an interpretation (Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra) that commanded mesmerized listening by its amazing rhythmic subtlety, dynamic depth and keen expression. All the elements of this fascinating work came out perfectly: i.e. the ‘white-knuckled’ tension of this complex score, characterized above all by the gouging, hammering rhythmic structure.  -Eindhovens Dagblad, Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Bartók with Noordelijk Filharmonisch Orkest
The Concerto, of course, largely because of the piano-duo, Richard and John Contiguglia, was a breath-taking event. 
-Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, Groningen, Holland

 

Max Bruch - Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Identical twins, Richard and John Contiguglia, emphasized the lyricism in Max Bruch’s expertly crafted, bountifully melodic Concerto for Two Pianos.  -The New York Post

 

 

Percy Grainger/
     Tom Kochan - Concerto on George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess'
Percy Grainger  -  Handel in the Strand for Two Pianos and Strings
Tribute to Foster for 5 Single Voices, Mixed Chorus, 
Musical Glasses and Two Pianos
Pianists Score with Concerto on ‘Porgy and Bess’ Themes
If conductors and managers are alert, the Contiguglias could easily spend the rest of their lives playing the new concerto, relieving audiences of endless performances of Gershwin’s greatest hit, Rhapsody in Blue. The Contiguglias play the great Gershwin tunes with seductive phrasing and exuberant all-American vitality. 
-Byron Belt, Newhouse News Service
Mozart  -  Concerto in F Major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, KV. 242
  (Transcription of Triple Concerto by Mozart)
Concerto in E-Flat Major for Two Pianos and Orchestra, KV. 365
Richard and John Contiguglia treated the elegant Mozart Double Concerto with identical mastery – vibrant, songful and crystalline playing.  -Milwaukee Sentinel
For the music lovers in the hall there was something privileged about being able to leave the concert with the highest attainable musical happiness on earth. (Mozart – Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K.365-Het Vaterland, The Hague
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana for Two Pianos, Percussion, Soloists and Chorus
The featured soloists, Richard and John Contiguglia, made an indelible impression with their duo-piano artistry in Poulenc’s infectiously playful Concerto.  -Denver Post
Poulenc - Concerto in D Minor

Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals

 

 

Richard and John CONTIGUGLIA Recital Repertoire
Music forTwo Pianos and for One  Piano,  Four-Hands

The Contiguglias perform a vast repertoire of music for two pianos and for one piano, four-hands, extending from the Baroque to the modern, repertoire that includes examples of almost Richard and John CONTIGUGLIA every important composer from Bach to Bolcom. In addition to duo works of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Fauré, Hindemith, Bartók, Milhaud, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Gershwin, they play many musical rarities of Percy Grainger and Franz Liszt and newer works by contemporaries such as John Corigliano and William Bolcom.

MozartComposers' names give but a partial story. Among Mozart's 6 Sonatas, 2 Fantasies and Variations for two pianists, all of which the Contiguglias play, are his Sonata in F Major, KV. 497, for Piano Duet, which Tovey considered one of the composer's most perfect works, and the Sonata in D Major, KV. 448, for Two Pianos, which Alfred Einstein called "one of the most profound and most mature of all Mozart's compositions."

SchubertSchubert's 70 or so piano duets are a speciality of the Contiguglias. They comprise some of the composers finest and most important works: his longest piano sonata, The Grand Duo, his greatest set of variations, Variations in A-Flat on an Original Theme, his most formally innovative work, and one of his most tragic, Fantasy in F Minor, his third longest essay in sonata form, Allegro (Lebensstürme), and his most important work in the Hungarian style, Divertissement ŕ la Hongroise. Music historian Joseph Horowitz wrote, "Schubert's most original contribution as a keyboard composer may be his prodigious catalogue of piano duets - arguably, the most comprehensively varied body of music ever created by a single composer in a single genre."
The Contiguglia twins here sound like Ashkenazy multiplied by two, and this is the most amazing record of two-piano music that I can remember. (Liszt – Operatic Fantasies-Gramophone, London
LisztIncluded in the Contiguglias' repertoire of Liszt's duos are his monumental transcription for two pianos of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, many Symphonic Poems, among them Les Préludes, Orpheus and Mazeppa, 3 Operatic Fantasies, Grand Galop Chromatique, Tscherkessenmarsch from 'Ruslan und Ludmila', Beethoven Fest-Cantate, Weihnachtsbaum, several Hungarian Rhapsodies and Grosses Konzertstück über Mendelssohns 'Lieder ohne Worte'.
Piano Duo Contiguglia Created Tour-de-force with Bartók Premiere   -Het Parool, Amsterdam, Holland
BartokThe Contiguglias are probably the first duo ever to devote an entire program to Bartók's complete works for two pianos, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Suite Op. 4b and 14 Pieces from 'Mikrokosmos'.
Their singing, shouting, strutting, clowning and dancing interpretation of this rich synopsis of the opera brought the crowd to its feet. That indicates to me that a good many people join me in wishing these double dynamos of pianism a speedy return to San Antonio. -Andrew Mihalso, San Antonio EXPRESS NEWS
Percy GraingerAmong Grainger's many works for two pianists which the Contiguglias offer are, in addition to the extremely popular Fantasy on George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess', Lincolnshire Posy, Children's March, Molly on the Shore, Spoon River, Hill Song No. 1, Handel in the Strand, English Waltz, Shepherd's Hey, and, of course, the evergreen Country Gardens.

Their repertoire is a treasure trove of music yet to be discovered by most recital and chamber-music audiences.


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