Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival, 2005

Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival, 2005

by Martha Argerich
     
 
Martha Argerich does not give solo piano recitals anymore. She does something better: she plays duo piano and chamber music with her friends and students. She's been doing it for a couple of decades, and willful as she is, she probably won't change. Besides, when it comes to duo piano and chamber music recitals, Argerich with her friends and students can't be beat.

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Martha Argerich does not give solo piano recitals anymore. She does something better: she plays duo piano and chamber music with her friends and students. She's been doing it for a couple of decades, and willful as she is, she probably won't change. Besides, when it comes to duo piano and chamber music recitals, Argerich with her friends and students can't be beat. Take, for example, this three-disc set of performances taken from the 2005 Lugano Festival. Although Argerich and her cellist friend Mischa Maisky are the only big names here, the playing is fabulous from start to finish. Does it matter that pianists Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, and Gautier Capuçon are nearly unknown when their performance of Mendelssohn's "D minor Piano Trio" is so ardent? Does it matter that Lilya Zilberstein, Dora Schwarzberg, Lucy Hall, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, and Marc Drobinsky are nearly as unknown -- Zilberstein has recorded for DG and Decca -- when their Brahms' "F minor Piano Quintet" is so passionate? Although it's true that the performances go from the fabulous to the transcendental when Argerich takes the stage, she couldn't do it without her partners. Her performance with Gabriela Montero of Rachmaninov's "Second Suite for two pianos" is incredibly sensual. Her performance with Polina Leschenko of Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" is magnificently architectural. And her performance with Piotr Anderszewski of Grieg's arrangement of Mozart's "C major Piano Sonata" with a freely added second piano part is by far the most affectionate and persuasive reading the piece has ever received. There's more, much more, on this well-filled three-disc set and those who love great piano playing, great duo piano playing, and great chamber music playing owe it to themselves to check it out, particularly in EMI's warm and natural live digital sound.

Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine
Superlative musicianship.... A scintillating collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2006
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0094635847222
catalogNumber:
58472

Tracks

  1. Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
  2. Piano Quartet No. 3 in C major, WoO 36/3
  3. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  4. Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19
  5. Suite No. 2 for 2 pianos in C major, Op. 17
  6. Danses Andalouses (3), for 2 pianos
  7. Variations on a Theme of Haydn, for 2 pianos in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56b
  8. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34a
  9. Romances Argentinos (3) for 2 pianos

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