Sunday 4 November 2012
Trouw – 3 November 2012
by Peter van der Lint
In the world of piano duos the laurelled French sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque are world famous. The Turkish Güher and Süher Pekinel – identical twins – have made a successful international career. And in the Netherlands we have Lucas and Arthur Jussen. They are no twins, but one would almost say they are, with their similar blonde haircut and identical dress suit. This is how the youthful Jussens ran down the stairs of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw for their debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on Wednesday evening – a debut as a duo, to be more precise.
Individually, Lucas (19) and Arthur (16) have performed this season with various Dutch orchestras. But as a duo they perfectly complemented each other this Wednesday evening. Their performance of Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos beautifully reflected the influence of their Portuguese coach Maria João Pires. Pires’ Mozart play has widely been praised for its unelaborated brightness, and that exactly was what one heard with the Jussen brothers. In service of the music, not at all surprising and completely well matched and left to each other. It was clear that the two young pianists are maturing musically as well and fortunately their cuteness is getting less important now. It was a magnificent debut with the country’s best orchestra playfully and lightly accompanying them, under the direction of Jan Willem de Vriend.