By Maarten Mestrom Friday 21 October 2011
ZWOLLE – A ‘full house’, a sensation of tingling expectation in the hall and even quite many youths. After their performances on various Dutch TV shows, a documentary and articles in newspapers and magazines, the piano-playing brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen have become a (little) hype.
But once the introductory tones of Mozart’s piano concerto no. 20 – with its D minor one of the most spiritual and intense of Mozart’s solo concertos – have sounded and Lucas’ – the oldest of the two brothers – fingers touch the keyboard, you do not hear any adornments, no circus act or tough acting, but on the contrary a bright and exact piano play, almost feminine like Clara Haskil. Not every hype is unjustified: this is just awfully good.
As the final number, the (early) concerto for two pianos Mozart wrote for himself and his sister Nannerl. One has to be family in the first grade to be able to play this together well; the piano parties seamlessly match one another in this wonderful concerto. But that is what they are. Only the different timbres of both grand pianos reveal who is playing what. Finally a quatre-mains in which they roguishly change places, and Zwolle too ‘goes down’. They are the perfect ambassadors for classical music.