The opinion that there is little literature for piano duo is as widespread as it is wrong. This misconception is also fuelled by the fact that only a fraction of the duo’s repertoire is actually available on the market. Most of the literature, by contrast, is slumbering – like Sleeping Beauty – in libraries and private collections.
That’s why the Duo Egri & Pertis have been working systematically for many years to raise the hidden treasures of this musical genre piece by piece and to revive them. And the success proves the duo right, as numerous first recordings, awards and the uniformly positive echo of the professional world prove.
The active repertoire of the duo Egri & Pertis now comprises over 250 works by around 120 composers and is constantly being expanded. It ranges from the Baroque to the premier of contemporary works, with the duo mastering the entire œuvre for piano duo from some composers.
The “favourites” included in its concert programmes are penned by Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, Dvorak and Gershwin.
The Duo Egri & Pertis is perhaps the only ensemble today that has all of Liszt’s opera fantasies as well as all of S. Thalberg’s four-handed works in its repertoire.
Despite this already considerable volume, the duo’s repertoire is not only captivating because of its size, but also because of its unique content. In addition to the standard works (by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Rachmaninov, etc.), this repertoire includes unknown or unpublished works by famous composers (Mendelssohn, Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Franck) as well as works by composers who have been unjustly forgotten or disregarded.
All this results from years of research, at the same time opening the way to new programme designs.