The piano brothers Lucas (27) and Arthur (24) Jussen will release their seventh album on March 19.

The record is called

The Russian Album

and its first piece, Rachmaninov's


from the

Suite No. 2 for two pianos

, will be released on Friday.

The brothers selected works for two pianos by various Russian masters, including Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Arensky.

"For many lovers of classical music Russian music is mainly romantic, but there is always an extra layer underneath," says Lucas Jussen in a press release.

"For example, in Shostakovich's work there is the feeling of fear and oppression, even when the music sounds cheerful. Rachmaninov's notes can radiate pure beauty, but there is that nostalgic feeling of homesickness all the time. That's the magic of Russian music."

The idea for

The Russian Album

had been around for a while, but the pianists were waiting for a period when they had enough time to study the music.

When their concerts were canceled due to the corona crisis, they thought that was the time.

"The music is so powerful that you can even feel it physically", says Arthur Jussen.

"After three days of admission, we felt the fatigue and pain in our bodies from playing."