Duo Pleyel comprises Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya (primo) and Richard Egarr (secondo).
Duo Pleyel takes its name from Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya and Richard Egarr’s pet piano – a beautiful instrument made in 1848 by Chopin’s preferred maker, Pleyel. The Duo has been working for the past three years to bring the rich and exciting repertoire for piano four-hands to a wider public. It is particularly committed to providing mixed programmes ranging from the earliest music by Johann Christian Bach and Mozart, mixed with that by lesser-known early Romantics such as Hummel and Dussek, through to the great popular works by Fauré, Debussy and Ravel in the twentieth century.
'The finely played Allegretto from the Sonata in A major gives a perfect insight into the qualities that Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya and Richard Egarr exert …'
'Nepomnyashchaya and Egarr are vivid advocates of music that is all about hedonistic enjoyment.'
'One hears both the individual voices and the harmony, how everything fits together into a whole ... The result is duo playing of a very high quality.'
Instrumental Choice: 'An essential addition to the recorded legacy of this music. The sonatas Kk. 358 and 381 are erudite and enchanting, and the K501 Variations are absolutely revelatory.'
BBC Music Magazine