Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from Lugano 2011

Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from Lugano 2011

by Martha Argerich
     
 

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The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package

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The Martha Argerich Project, presented annually at Lugano, Switzerland, has yielded many exciting sets of live recordings for EMI, all starring its namesake but prominently featuring many musicians she enjoys working with, both established artists and rising talents. Live from Lugano 2011 encapsulates the tenth of these festivals, and this three-disc package offers selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Ravel, and a name new to many of the participants: Juliusz Zarebski. This 19th century Polish composer is represented by a piano quintet he composed a few months before his death in 1885 at age 31, and Argerich has recorded this piece for the first time here. The obscurity of the work may compel some listeners to play it first, and that's not a bad way to explore the set, which need not be appreciated in sequential order. Zarebski's music is not widely known, but the quintet's brooding Romanticism and passionate outpourings hold a special appeal that Argerich's fans will respond to immediately. Once the Zarebski work has been heard, the rest of the program can be absorbed at leisure. The mix of a piano concerto, chamber pieces, and keyboard works is evenly spread out, so there is little chance of aural fatigue, and the variety of musicians and styles keeps the tone of the proceedings fresh. Of course, there is a great deal of vigorous and splashy playing -- note especially Argerich's high octane performance of Ravel's "Piano Concerto in G major" -- and rough edges abound with all this virtuosity, so don't expect the most polished or refined performances. EMI's sound is quite good for concert recording, though the focus on the instruments is a little variable, due to the microphone set-ups.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099964470122
catalogNumber:
44701

Tracks

  1. Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 34  - Juliusz Zarebski  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Lucia Hall  - Carlo Piccardi  - Dora Schwarzberg  - Gautier Capuçon  - Lyda Chen-Argerich  - Christian Gilardi
  2. Piano Concerto in G major  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Jacek Kaspszyk  - Carlo Piccardi  -  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana  - Christian Gilardi
  3. La valse, poème choréographique for piano or 2 pianos  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Sergio Tiempo  - Christian Gilardi
  4. Moscow, Cheryomushki, operetta, Op. 105  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Martha Argerich  - Andrew Cornall  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Christian Gilardi
  5. Trio élégiaque, for piano & strings in D minor, Op. 9  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Renaud Capuçon  - Christian Gilardi  - Yan Levionnois
  6. Concerto pathétique (I & II), for 2 pianos, S. 258 (LW C18)  - Franz Liszt  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Lilya Zilberstein  - Christian Gilardi
  7. Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Gautier Capuçon  - Christian Gilardi
  8. Keyboard Trio in C major, H. 15/27  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Polina Leschenko  - Alissa Margulis  - Julian Steckel  - Christian Gilardi
  9. Sonata for piano, 4 hands in F major, K. 497  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Cristina Marton  - Christian Gilardi
  10. Sonata for violin & piano No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Renaud Capuçon  - Christian Gilardi

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