Roll over Beethoven

The backstory for this is that I was playing  with LSO when John Adams was in to conduct El Niño in 2016, and got talking to him about “Hallelujah Junction”, which I love. He mentioned to me that he had arranged one of his String Quartets for two pianos, a piece constructed using fragments from Diabelli Variations and Op 110. It fitted perfectly into a LSO Percussion Ensemble Japanese tour and recording that was being planned, and lo and behold it became a fantastic project, the added bonus being the opportunity of meeting and working with the young star Joe Havlat. Incredible piece – enormously challenging but very much worth the effort, and I believe our recording is the world premiere.