New Season

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Que nos amis parisiens notent bien le 16 septembre : c'est la date de notre prochain concert à quatre mains, dans le cadre du festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle. Nous y jouerons, dans l'Orangerie de Bagatelle, des oeuvres de Debussy, Levinson, Bizet, Slonimsky et Ravel !

To our Parisian friends : write down the date of September 16th ! We will be playing four hands at the festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle works by Debussy, Levinson, Bizet, Slonimsky and Ravel.

Cette nouvelle saison nous verra à nouveau voyager loin, et souvent - chaque mois pratiquement - et aura une forte actualité discographique : 3 sorties de disques, et 4 de plus à enregistrer !
Pour le moment, c'est le Quintet+ dont nous vous parlions avant l'été, qui sera enfin disponible dans les bacs le 8 septembre !
Le quintette de Medtner qui ouvre l'enregistrement est d'ailleurs le coup de coeur d'Emilie Munera, qui anime chaque jour l'émission "En pistes" avec Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier sur France Musique.

We will be travelling often and far during this new season, and most of all, recording : 3 new CD's are coming out, and 4 more pending !
For now, check out Quintet+ , available on September 8th. The Medtner Quintet opening the CD is Emilie Munera's coup de coeur on France Musique.

Double your pleasure

Dear friends,
we borrowed the title of a recent article by Jed Distler about our Liszt recording, as we feel it reflects well our life and state of mind !
The double pleasure of pursuing careers as a duet as well as soloists.
The double pleasure of being on stage and promoting others thanks to our festival.
The double pleasure of receiving from the audience, and giving to our students.


It is about time we tell you about the 5th edition of our festival, La Clé des Portes : it will take place from July 26th to 30th, and this year's thematic is "FIVE" !
Not only will you hear quintets, but the Mighty Handful, some opus linked with 5, pieces in 5 movements, pieces for 5 hands, variations on Take 5 and many more surprises !
Always eager to promote young talented musicians, you will discover Adélaïde Ferrière, new "revelation" of the Victoires de la Musique, or Lea Hennino, together with renowned musicians such as Alena Baeva or Christian-Pierre La Marca...

 In the heart of the Loire Valley, discover the wonderful  Château de Talcy , where  Ronsard wrote his most famous lines :" Mignonne, allons voir si la rose... "

In the heart of the Loire Valley, discover the wonderful Château de Talcy, where Ronsardwrote his most famous lines :"Mignonne, allons voir si la rose..."

The fan club is growing : this season, they were 4 travelling with us for our concerts in Lisbon8 in Moscow... More than 20 people are travelling with us to Saint-Petersburg for our concert in the Philharmony Hall on June 5th ! 


After having received a lot of praise from the french press, and being rewarded withGramophone's Editor's Choice, our Liszt recording is getting very well received by the international press :
Jonathan Welsh writes :"the two pianists are so well synchronised as to give the impression of only one player. There is also devilment in the playing (...) I must say that I was completely bowled over by this recording (...) Overall this is an absolutely splendid and fascinating disc (...) This is my favourite Liszt disc of the year so far, and I award full marks to all concerned!" formusicweb-international.com
Jed Distler gives our recording a 10/10 :"Liszt aficionados and collectors of piano curiosities alike will need no further prodding to acquire this disc." for classicstoday.com
Remy Franck for Pizzicato, in Luxemburg :"This very special program with various arrangements of works by Liszt and Saint-Saëns, and notably the world premiere recording of Liszt’s B minor Sonata in the Saint-Saëns version, shows outstanding pianism in 3D."

 While the Liszt / Saint-Saëns recording is still getting a lot of attention,  Ludmila 's new recording for  Melodiya  is  already availabl  e  : a live recording of a concert given in Moscow Conservatory last fall. Here is what the russian magazine  Piano Forum  writes about it : " The interpretation of Medtner Quintet is undoubtedly a great achievement: the musicians have succeeded in making an exceptional unity of this grandiose tapestry of sounds, and they have found the right emotional colors for this quintet: the "nostalgia", essential to this composer, has acquired deep tones, a philosophical sense proper to the Belle Epoque - a sad farewell to the comfort and calm tranquility of the passing time. "

While the Liszt / Saint-Saëns recording is still getting a lot of attention, Ludmila's new recording for Melodiya is already available : a live recording of a concert given in Moscow Conservatory last fall.
Here is what the russian magazine Piano Forum writes about it : "The interpretation of Medtner Quintet is undoubtedly a great achievement: the musicians have succeeded in making an exceptional unity of this grandiose tapestry of sounds, and they have found the right emotional colors for this quintet: the "nostalgia", essential to this composer, has acquired deep tones, a philosophical sense proper to the Belle Epoque - a sad farewell to the comfort and calm tranquility of the passing time."


We will be back in the studios by the end of June : two new solo recordings with very personal repertoire !


Among the gratifying successes of the spring, Ludmila was thrilled that her student Dimitri Malignan won the Prix Cortot, rewarding the best pianist of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Last year, this prize was given to Lucas Debargue : we can only wish Dimitri a similar success in the career !


Among all her activities, Ludmila was as well invited by the 1st channel of Russian TV for a prime time show : her star-role in The Great Space Travel keeps her iconic image through the years !

Gramophone !

Dear friends, we are happy to announce that our Liszt / Saint-Saëns recording has been among Gramophone's Editor's Choice in March !

"I can only say I was bowled over by the playing of this Franco-Russian husband-and-wife duo, astonished to the extent that any initial scepticism, any notion of this being a mere curiosity, is utterly confounded. Their performance of this music is everything and more that I had hoped for (...) this will be among my discs of the year" says Jeremy Nicholas

In France, this recording continued to receive praise from the specialized press :

5 Diapasons from eponym magazine : "Thanks to the talent of the performers, these enrichments (...) offer a real rediscovery of the masterpiece"
- "Must" from concertonet.com : "This exceptional disc will enrich the history of recording. This interpretation (...) already sounds like an historical version." writesChristian Lorandin
- In Le Monde, Pierre Gervasoni writes :"The B minor Sonata (transcribed by Saint-Saëns) and her twin sister, After a reading of the Dante (transcribed by Arthur Ancelle), cultivate duality in a supernatural dimension (transcendental technique and fairy expression)"

 French magazine "Point de vue" got interested in our story as a piano duet

French magazine "Point de vue" got interested in our story as a piano duet

There were as well a lot of interviews, such as Passion Classique with Olivier BellamyClassic Club with Lionel EsparzaSortez les violons withBernard Niedda, and a long meeting with Lorenzo Ciavarini forCulturebox of France Télévisions.
And more to come !

Lately, we performed mostly individually, with the exception of a four-hands concert in Paris.
The occasion for Arthur to give his first recital in Moscow Conservatory, an Ibert, Dutilleux, Chopin program.
Following the success of the concerts in Russia, Arthur will perform again next season in Chernogolovka and Moscow Conservatory

Over the next months, we will be performing solo concerts, 2 pianos, 4 hands, chamber music, we will record individual programs for our dear Melodiya, Ludmila's "Quintet+" concert in Moscow will be released worldwide, and we are preparing a very ambitious project as a Piano Duet for 2018.
The calendar will soon be updated as concert propositions are piling up !