PASCAL AND AMI ROGE: BARTOK SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERCUSSION
Onyx Classics 4128
The Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (is) one of the 20th century's formidable masterworks, regarded as ultra-difficult to play and particularly to coordinate between its four performers. Besides reaching a state of the art standard in both departments, this recording is remarkable in terms of the bigger picture. Along with all the rhythmic dynamism, the music's dark grandeur and dramatic sweep come across superbly.
(Sinfini Music, December 2015)
RECITAL FOR THE BARBER INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY
. . . this enchanting evening . . .the Rogés projected their playing with such a feeling of inclusiveness. Faure's lovely Dolly Suite was given with tenderness, wit and a childlike sense of occasion. . . . Mozart's Sonata in C sparkled with delights . . . the four Dvorak Slavonic Dances were joyous, infectious and again given with a sense of fresh discovery . . . Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole . . .swirling with colour, sleazily louche and foot-stampingly exuberant
(Birmingham Post, Dec. 2015)
RECITAL FOR THE VICTOR HUGO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Rogés seemed to act intuitively as one. At times it was hard to see whose hand was playing which line of music. Equally their interpretation was as one mind, the notes flowing unfettered from their shared sense of the composer's intentions . . . . a virtuosic display . . . without doubt a great privilege to listen to piano duet playing of such superlative musicianship and imaginative artistry.
(Guernsey Press, May 2015)
RECITAL FOR THE STOKE-ON-TRENT FESTIVAL
The Mozart four-hand sonata got a stylish and poised performance but the icing on the cake was four wonderful Dvorak Slavonic Dances. All the yearning of the Slav soul was there but they also negotiated the twists and turns of the furiants with such aplomb that the audience broke out into spontaneous applause.
(Notes from Middle England, April 2015)
RECITAL AT HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM, LEEDS
Peerless pianism from a husband and wife partnership is an overwhelming, entertaining experience . . . the range of colours conjured up by the Rogé's was dazzling.
(The Arts Desk, April 2014)
PASCAL & AMI ROGÉ PLAY DEBUSSY & RAVEL
Onyx Classics 4117
Here is quintessential Frenchness, beautifully realised, including a two-piano version of Debussy’s symphonic sketches, La Mer, by the players themselves, and wonderfully convincing it is, leaving little sense of orchestral deprivation.
(The Sunday Times, June 2013)
The life/music partnership of Pascal and Ami Rogé continues in their exploration of French music with Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye and Rapsodie espagnole. Ravel's transcription of Debussy's Fêtes and the couple's own stunning version of the same composer's La Mer work especially well.
(Fiona Maddocks writing in The Observer 30/06/13)
the playing is so wonderfully alive and virtuosic throughout . . . for lovers of the French Impressionists and of four-hand piano music, this disc is just about indispensable.
(Audiophile Audition, Sept 2013)
WORLD PREMIERE OF HINDSON's DOUBLE PIANO CONCERTO
M. Hindson Double Piano Concerto/Sydney Symphony cond. V. Ashkenazy
an exciting first performance at the Opera House . . . ebullient . . . significantly droll.
(North Shore Times, May 2011)
the orchestration is lushly romantic with a touch of Hollywood about it.
(Rouse Hill Times, May 2011)
. . . delicate shimmering textures and Messiaen-like sonorities were enchanting . . . the Roge's essayed the piano parts with flair and precision
(The Australian, May 2011)
RECITAL AT SYDNEY's RECITAL HALL, ANGEL PLACE
Pascal and Ami Rogé produce a vivid operatic sound, singing duets in their fingers.
(Berkshire Review, June 2011)
ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos cond. V. Petrenko
The afternoon opened with a welcome outing for Mozart's Two-Piano Concerto. Pascal and Ami Rogé gave a measured and polished performance . . . the interplay between the two was as fascinating as it was charming. A delicate slow movement led into a quite delightful finale.
(ClassicalSource.com - Nov. 2010)
RECITAL AT KINGS PLACE, LONDON
A delightful piano four-hands recital at Kings Place.
(Musical Pointers - June 2010)
(Debussy's) Petite Suite introduced a welcome degree of volatility and playful legerdemain as though one were eavesdropping on a relaxed family occasion, which in a sense we were. With the serious business out of the way the Rogés treated us to an encore, Souvenir de Bayreuth, Fauré and Messager's hilarious take on Wagner's "Ring" cycle . . . wicked and also wickedly funny.
(ClassicalSource.com June 2010)
MUSIC FOR PIANO DUO: WEDDING CAKE
Onyx Classics 4047
The finest Debussy player of today duets with his new bride in Wedding Cake by Saint-Saens, before working through Fauré’s Dolly Suite and Ravel’s La Valse to an exquisite rendition of Debussy’s Petite Suite. Wedding pictures of Pascal and Ami Rogé decorate the booklet and the recital includes a newly composed tribute to the bride by the California composer Paul Chihara. It’s all rather touching, a perfect Valentine’s gift.
(The Lebrecht Report, Jan 2010)
. . . delightfully frothy collection of duo piano music. The highlight is a work that's neither old nor French: Japanese-American composer Paul Chihara's Ami, written for Ami Rogé, here received its world premiere. The piece works in references to everything from a Webern twelve-tone row to a cowboy song without losing its basic flavour, which is close to the Poulenc pieces that close the program.
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
Pascal Rogé was joined by his wife Ami in four-hand works by Schubert and Ravel. The former's Fantaisie in F minor was a study of balance and intimacy, most eloquently marrying Biedermeier prettiness with contrapuntal mastery. The sensuality exuded in the latter's Rapsodie Espagnole was never in doubt . . . hypnotic and exuberant.
(Straits Times, June 2009)
EXPRESSIONS RECITAL SERIES, WELLINGTON, N.Z.
a concert of sheer delight and a reason for celebration. The pianism was seamlessly superb.
(Dominion Post, April 2008)