Thursday 1 November 2012
NRC Handelsblad – 1 November 2012
Arthur and Lucas Jussen with RCOA, conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. 31/10 Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
by Floris Don
This Wednesday, the piano brothers Arthur (1996) and Lucas Jussen (1993) made their debut for a full audience with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra playing Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos K365. Just as from a distance they seem to be twins, their play is so closely related. The musical internalisation of their coach Maria João Pires clearly reflects in the way they play Mozart, although one can say that, compared to Lucas’ bright touch, Arthur intonates somewhat darker and more muffled.
It is comforting that the brothers keep developing as musical personalities and can do without a cuteness factor.