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Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival, 2006
     

Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival, 2006

by Martha Argerich
 
All too often, chamber music collaborations between established, accomplished soloists do not yield favorable results. Merely putting together virtuosic musicians does not mean they will play well together. Such is not the case with this recording of Martha Argerich's 2006 festival in Lugano. This album represents an amazing synthesis of well-known artists, musicians

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All too often, chamber music collaborations between established, accomplished soloists do not yield favorable results. Merely putting together virtuosic musicians does not mean they will play well together. Such is not the case with this recording of Martha Argerich's 2006 festival in Lugano. This album represents an amazing synthesis of well-known artists, musicians just coming into their own fame, as well as compositions ranging from standard repertoire to rarely heard works. Argerich's decision to include violinist Renaud Capuçon and brother Gautier Capuçon was wise indeed, as their energetic and fiendishly virtuosic playing is nearly enough to carry the CD on its own. All of the music-making is simply top-notch, yet there are still ensembles that truly stand out. The first such remarkable performance is of Schumann's "Piano Quartet, Op. 47," with Argerich herself at the helm joined by brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Lida Chen. The quartet breathes amazing new energy and life into a composition that is frequently given a backseat to the piano quintet. Schumann receives another boost in the performance of his "Piano Trio, Op. 63," this time by pianist Nicholas Angelich joined again by the Capuçon brothers. Both of these Schumann interpretations could stand alone as reference recordings of the works. As for lesser-known works, the Taneyev "Piano Quintet" is perhaps the weakest piece on the program primarily due to the slightly poorer sound quality. The three-disc set concludes with the Schnittke "Violin Sonata" and a concerto for cello (again with Gautier Capuçon) and wind orchestra by Friedrich Gulda. Anyone the least bit interested in chamber music should give this album a try.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Nalen Anthoni
The fiery soloist of yore is now a fiery though highly considerate team player, co-operating with her partners without subjugating her volatile artistic personality.
BBC Music Magazine - Erik Levi
There is some wonderful music-making here and welcome evidence that the musicians are really enjoying the experience of playing chamber music together.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
All of the [performers] bring the music to vivid, vibrant life.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0094638924128
catalogNumber:
89241

Tracks

  1. Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47  - Robert Schumann  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Renaud Capuçon  - Gautier Capuçon  - Lyda Chen-Argerich
  2. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 58  - Felix Mendelssohn  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Gabriela Montero  - Gautier Capuçon
  3. Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73  - Robert Schumann  - David Groves  - Sergei Nakariakov  - Carlo Piccardi
  4. Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63  - Robert Schumann  - Nicholas Angelich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Renaud Capuçon  - Gautier Capuçon
  5. Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 30  - Sergei Taneyev  - David Groves  - Lucia Hall  - Carlo Piccardi  - Dora Schwarzberg  - Lilya Zilberstein  - Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg  - Jorge Bosso
  6. Nuages, for orchestra (Nocturne No. 1), L. 91/1  - Claude Debussy  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Karin Lechner  - Sergio Tiempo
  7. Fêtes, for orchestra (Nocturne No. 2), L. 91/2  - Claude Debussy  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Karin Lechner  - Sergio Tiempo
  8. Sonata for violin & piano No.1  - Alfred Schnittke  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Polina Leschenko  - Alissa Margulis
  9. Concerto for cello & wind orchestra  - Friedrich Gulda  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Alexandre Rabinovitch  - Gautier Capuçon  -  Members of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

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