Duo Tal & Groethuysen

The Israeli Yaara Tal and the German Andreas Groethuysen form one today’s leading piano duos, performing in the most famous concert halls the world over. They delight audiences around the globe with their original repertoire that revives remarkable works for two pianos or four hands that had fallen into oblivion.

The Tal & Groethuysen duo regularly performs in major music festivals and at renowned venues: Hongkong Arts Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron, Festwochen Luzern, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Musikverein (Vienna), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie (Berlin, Cologne, Munich), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Auditorium de Radio France (Paris), Frick Collection (New York), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and Tonhalle (Zürich).

The international success of Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen is due in no small measure to the duo’s exclusive collaboration with Sony Classical, which has endured three decades now. The pianists recorded more than thirty-five albums on this label, many of which received prizes: eleven CDs were awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, one album received the Cannes Classical Award and further five CDs the Echo Klassik Prize. In 2020, Tal & Groethuysen enriched their discography with the recording of Anton Eberl’s and Jan Ladislav Dussek’s concertos for two pianos and orchestra, performed with the HR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Reinhard Goebel, and with a double CD featuring Reinhard Febel’s Eighteen Studies, a work that was awarded another Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

The two pianists have been teaching Piano Solo and Piano Duo at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2014; the same year Andreas Groethuysen was named head of this institution’s Key Instrument Department.

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Reinhard Febel: Eighteen Studies after The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach

Reinhard Febel: Eighteen Studies after The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach’s The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) is considered a manifesto for counterpoint and has been the source of countless transcriptions. On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the Ansbacher Bachwochen festival, the German composer Reinhard Febel (born in 1952) revisited the original work for two pianos. Based on Bach’s score, he “modified the rhythm and tempo, altered the echo and the sound color, and added overtones, thus creating a work that stands out for its refinement and seductive character, and is very demanding for the interpreter.” (Rondo Magazin)

Concerti magazine states: “As a result of this complex process – equally distressing and fascinating – Bach’s fourteen fugues and four canons appear in an entirely new light. But it demands intense concentration from the listener.”

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