Martha Argerich & Friends -  Live From the Lugano Festival 2009

Martha Argerich & Friends - Live From the Lugano Festival 2009

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by Martha Argerich
     
 
EMI Classics is pleased to release another installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely

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EMI Classics is pleased to release another installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The CDs were recorded in the summer of 2009.

As a chamber music event, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire.

The piano stands at the centre of the programming, not only with works originally written for it but also with transcriptions, which played an important historic role in the diffusion of music in remote areas and within family circles.

Special attention has been paid to the anniversaries that occurred in 2009: the bicentenary of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's birth and the 50th anniversary of Ernest Bloch's death.

In addition to the inimitable Ms. Argerich, the performers include familiar names from previous Live from Lugano Festival releases, among them Sergio Tiempo and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. They are joined by pianists Karin Lechner, Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilewsky, Kathia Buniatishvili, Daniel and Anton Gerzenberg, Polina Leschenko, Cristina Marton and Mauricio Vallina, violinists Lucy Hall, Alissa Margulis, Dora Schwarzberg, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, and Lucia Hall, violists Lyda Chen and Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, cellists Mark Dobrinsky and Jorge Bosso, and double bass player Enrico Fagone.

The repertoire includes a number of rarely performed works such as Schumann’s first composition for piano trio, the Phantasiestücke Op. 88; Mendelssohn’s D Major Sextet for the unusual combination of piano, violin, two violas, cello, and double bass; and Rachmaninov’s Waltz and Romance for piano six hands, composed for his friends the Skalon sisters. Several of the works, including Mendelssohn’s D Major Sextet and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chopin’s Polonaise brillante Op. 3 and Rachmaninov’s Waltz and Romance and Russian Rhapsody, were written when the composers were still teenagers. The discs also have a nationalistic flavor, with works by Chopin, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Bartók, Falla, and Ravel.

Few artists have nurtured and promoted emerging young musicians with the level of personal commitment shown by Martha Argerich. In the process, she has created inspired and inspirational chamber music partnerships mixing established and up-and-coming artists. A legend in her own lifetime for her technical mastery and passionate artistry, Argerich possesses an infectious spirit that has fired her own performances and partnerships as well as those of her colleagues and protégés. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099960736727
catalogNumber:
07367

Tracks

  1. Quintet for piano & strings No. 1
  2. Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos)
  3. Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49
  4. Russian Rhapsody, for 2 pianos in E minor, TN ii/23
  5. Pieces (2) for piano, 6 hands, TN ii/22
  6. Gran sestetto originale, for piano & string quintet in E flat major, G. iv81
  7. Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart: Don Giovanni), S. 656 (LW C26)
  8. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in C major, Sz. 76, BB 85
  9. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  10. Sextet for violin, 2 violas, cello, double bass & piano in D major, Op. 110
  11. Introduction and Polonaise brillante for cello & piano in C major, Op. 3, CT. 148
  12. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo
  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Overture
  14. Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A Minor, Op. 88

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Martha Argerich & Friends - Live From the Lugano Festival 2009 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZRome More than 1 year ago
This is the latest release from Martha Argerich and it contains three discs filled with beautiful music. The Lugano Festival is a great place for talented musicians (young and old) to get together and create new music. From Schumann to Mendelssohn to Chopin, the first disc contains much music that you have heard before. But, I doubt that you have ever heard it played this way. The quality of the compositions remains consistent throughout and this would be another worthwhile addition to the collection of any music fan.