Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, Piano Quintet, Concertino for Two Pianos

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, Piano Quintet, Concertino for Two Pianos

by Martha Argerich
     
 

These performances recorded live at the 2006 Lugano Festival are examples of Martha Argerich at her best. Argerich has always been a supremely virtuosic pianist with artistic temperament to spare, and these performances embody all those qualities to the hilt. With the flashy but never self-indulgent trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov andSee more details below

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These performances recorded live at the 2006 Lugano Festival are examples of Martha Argerich at her best. Argerich has always been a supremely virtuosic pianist with artistic temperament to spare, and these performances embody all those qualities to the hilt. With the flashy but never self-indulgent trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov and the superbly sculpted strings of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana led by conductor Alexander Vedernikov, Argerich turns in a concerto that is lively, witty, passionate, and funny in the finale. With the frisky Lilya Zilberstein, Argerich turns in a concertino of unrelenting energy and unstoppable momentum. But best of all is Argerich's quintet with violinists Renaud Capuçon and Alissa Margulis, violist Lida Chen, and cellist Mischa Maisky. From the massive chords of the opening Lento to the irresistible energy of the closing Allegretto, this performance ranks with the Richter/Borodin quartet as the finest ever made, and anyone who loves the work, the composer, and, of course, the performers should make a point of hearing this disc. EMI's live digital sound is close, clear, warm, and detailed.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Fanning
A sure-fire winner.
BBC Music Magazine - Calum MacDonald
[November 2007 Disc of the Month] This excellent disc...has a spontaneity and sheer pleasure in music-making one doesn't often hear in Shostakovich.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Grade: A] Even if you think you don't like Ms. Argerich, even if you think you don't like Shostakovich, you have to hear this one.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
This disc...has all the visceral excitement of a live event. Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto could have been made for [Argerich's] mercurial pianism, and, together with the brilliant trumpet playing of Sergei Nakariakov, she delivers a scintillating performance full of wit and energy.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
1/2 The power and passion are palpable here, as well as when Argerich pairs up with Lilya Zilberstein in a fire-breathing interpretation of the Concertino for Two Pianos.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099950450428
catalogNumber:
04504
Rank:
85505

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Sergei Nakariakov  - Carlo Piccardi  - Alexander Vedernikov  -  Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra
  2. Concertino for 2 pianos, Op. 94  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Carlo Piccardi  - Lilya Zilberstein
  3. Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Martha Argerich  - David Groves  - Mischa Maisky  - Carlo Piccardi  - Renaud Capuçon  - Linda Cohen  - Alissa Margulis

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