On 13th and 14th November we played at the contemporary music festival, The Day of Listening at Budapest Music Center. Here is Alexandra Ivanoff’s review of our opening concert.
„Duo-pianists Enikő and Noémi Görög (The Görög Sisters) began the entire endeavor with something appropriately iconoclastic: Alfred Schnittke’s six-part “Gogol-Suite,” the first part of which was chock full of references to other composers and assorted musical jokes. Section II was a spooky waltz that took off into a dissonant whirl before exploding and dropping into the primordial sludge. Section III was a Lisztian confabulation of dizzying dances; the IV a fugue that quoted Tchaikovsky, jazz bits, and horn fifths. Section V was a Fellini-esque carnival, ending with a sadistic tango juxtaposed with Hungarian folk dance themes; and VI began with Brutalist chords á la Shostakovich and Prokofiev and ended with a Soviet threnody. I add here, with reverence, that the sisters played this suite from memory.[Read more…]