Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007

Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007

by Martha Argerich
     
 
Martha Argerich's annual appearances at the Lugano Festival are highly sought after by her fans. Featuring the Argentinean pianist plus any number of her friends and protégés in a huge range of repertoire, the performances are as enjoyable as they are unusual and as thrilling as they are insightful. EMI began releasing three-disc sets containing a selection of the

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Martha Argerich's annual appearances at the Lugano Festival are highly sought after by her fans. Featuring the Argentinean pianist plus any number of her friends and protégés in a huge range of repertoire, the performances are as enjoyable as they are unusual and as thrilling as they are insightful. EMI began releasing three-disc sets containing a selection of the Lugano Festival's finest performances in 2002. In this set from the 2007 festival, Argerich is joined by such old friends as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Renaud Capuçon and by such recent protégés as pianists Nicholas Angelich and Gabriela Montero in works that range from Beethoven's "Piano Trio No. 4" through Glinka's "Grand Sextet" to Lutoslawski's "Variations on a Theme of Paganini." As before, though the performers and performances are uniformly excellent and consistently exciting, they are otherwise not much alike. Argerich, Capuçon and Maisky' Beethoven Trio is powerfully eloquent while Argerich and Capuçon's Bartók "First Sonata for violin and piano" is incredibly fiery. In the less well-known works and performers, the results are even more varied but no less effective. Karin Lechner, Alissa Margulis, Lida Chen, and Marc Drobinsky's account of Beethoven's "Piano Quartet No. 2" is poised and graceful with sparkling themes and sprightly rhythms, while Nicholas Angelich, Dora Schwarzberg, Lucia Hall, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, and Jorge Bosso's reading of Dohnányi's "Piano Quintet No. 1" is full-bodied and romantic with massive sonorities and weighty tempos. As a special treat for Argerich's fans, this set also includes one of her extremely rare solo performances: an account of Schumann's "Kinderszenen," which rivals her lovely 1984 Deutsche Grammophon recording for sheer poetic beauty. Captured in vivid live sound that allows plenty of time for the enthusiastic audience to demonstrate its enthusiasm after every performance, this disc will be mandatory for Argerich's fans.

Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 Performances that are probing, spirited, and consistently among the best chamber music recordings of any given year.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099951833329
catalogNumber:
18333

Tracks

  1. Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1
  2. Fantasie für eine Orgelwalze, arrangement for 2 pianos in F minor (after Mozart, K. 608), KiV B91
  3. Andante & Variations for 2 pianos in B flat major, Op. 46
  4. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15
  5. Piano Quartet No. 2 in D major, WoO 36/2
  6. Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra)
  7. Divertimento brillante on themes From Bellini's La Sonnambula, for piano, 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass, G. iv29
  8. Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
  9. Daphnis et Chloé, suite No. 2 for orchestra
  10. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in C sharp minor, Sz. 75, BB 84 (Op. 21)
  11. Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1
  12. Variations on a theme of Paganini, for 2 pianos

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