This past Wednesday night I attended a fantastic two-piano concert at the U of L School of Music. My former piano professor, Lee Luvisi, gave a two-piano recital with Dr. Dror Biran. The performance was quite stunning. The opening piece was most in line with Luvisi’s comfort zone, the Mozart Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448. Both men absolutely sparkled with their alternating scales and passages up and down the keyboard and were absolutely perfectly matched and compatible musically, although physically they were so different in appearance and manner. Luvisi probably is 40 years older and has a full head of silver hair and maybe 6 inches taller. Biran is short with a shaved head and bounces all over while playing while Luvisi stays closer to the piano while playing.
The second work performed was Ravel’s own arrangement of “La Valse” for two pianos and was a brilliant display of keyboard pyrotechnics by both men. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Luvisi doing glissandi up and down the keyboard, but both men were giving this piece everything that had and again, they seemed very well matched.
The final work was Brahms own arrangement of his f minor piano quintet for two pianos. All four movements were played with utmost beauty and technical perfection.
The entire evening was filled with superb musicality and athletic technical prowess. Sure wish more people had been there to enjoy it! I’ll never forget it!