Duo Fortin-Poirier proved that 20 fingers and 88 keys are a perfect combination recently, when they not only amazed but held a full house at Oceanside Classical Concert series in awe. They let their fingers dance across the keys in a mesmerizing display of defined choreography while delivering acoustical masterpieces, one after another.
Through the use of over-head projection, the audience was able to appreciate the incredible technique as two, three and four hands moved from octave to octave, crossing over and under arms that seemed to be in constant motion. It was as if there were two performances happening at the same time – one you could watch and one you could hear.
The artists, Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, are accomplished musicians who have distinguished themselves with their four-hand interpretations across North America for the last 13 years, and have numerous awards to acknowledge their achievements. Their sense of humour and storytelling only enhanced the overall performance while they touched on tangos (by Samuel Barber), critical classical pieces (by Dvorak and Rachmaninoff) and even encored with the jazz standard, Summertime (by Gershwin). The audience was enthralled by the Duo’s performance of Chroniques d’une coupe a blanc, connecting music with nature.
Throughout the concert, the defined mastery of the keyboard and the precision maneuvering literally had the audience spellbound, but it was the presentation and appreciation of the musical scores that ultimately had the duo receive three standing ovations.
Review Submitted by Don Dempson