Samuel, Rhian: Serenade Duo
Music for two pianos is among the most satisfying of collaborative genres, and Rhian Samuel has caught its spirit of verve and playfulness in her new Serenade Duo. Repartee between the pianists drives this effervescent score from mysterious beginnings, in which the serenade alternates with fleet, toccata-like material, through crosstalk growing ever more boisterous until the serenade itself is heard in a singing statement ‘molto rubato’. An up-tempo conclusion in a flurry of scales returns enigmatically to the mood of the opening. Serenade Duo is of just over five minutes’ duration, and was premiered by Dimitris Barydis and Petros Moschos on 13 February 2005 at the Purcell Room.