New Album of Lucas & Arthur Jussen
On Friday 23 September 2011, the second album of the young, talented piano brothers of Hilversum, the Netherlands, will be released. Last year, Arthur (14) and Lucas (18) Jussen were the first Dutch artists to sign a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Arthur also was the youngest artist ever to be contracted by the yellow label. On the very day it was released their debut album with Beethoven piano sonatas got gold. It entered the pop album charts on the second place and quickly achieved the platinum status: a unique event within the world of classical music.
The new album is entirely dedicated to the composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). Like on their debut album, Arthur and Lucas can be heard playing both together and apart. Arthur plays the four Impromptus Op. 90, while Lucas plays the four Impromptus Op. 142. Schubert wrote these eight lyrical piano works by the end of his life. A special bonus CD features works Schubert wrote for piano four-handed: the consummate Fantasy in F minor and the relatively unknown four Polonaises, Op. 75.
Lucas Jussen “Schubert is a composer we grew up with. To be able to record the Impromptus for this fantastic label is like a dream come true.”
Arthur Jussen “We are thrilled to have made an album with works by Schubert. I think we really have made people hear something personal, a part of ourselves.”
On 4 October the Jussen brothers will give a concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in which they will play a part of the repertoire of their new Schubert album. The concert has already been sold out.