Berlin Recital

The Berlin Recital

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by Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich
     
 
Violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich are two of the greatest living virtuosos on their instruments and, though they are wholly individualistic players, they get along extremely well together. German Romantic Robert Schumann and Hungarian modernist Béla Bartók don't have much in common at first blush: one is dreamy and poetic, the other brutal and

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Violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Martha Argerich are two of the greatest living virtuosos on their instruments and, though they are wholly individualistic players, they get along extremely well together. German Romantic Robert Schumann and Hungarian modernist Béla Bartók don't have much in common at first blush: one is dreamy and poetic, the other brutal and cerebral. But as Kremer and Argerich's recital reveals, one thing Schumann and Bartók have in common is passionate expressivity; the two players bring that quality out no matter which composer's music they're playing. Schumann's ardent lyricism and Bartók's searing lines are both equally articulated here. The program itself is wonderfully paced by alternating between the two composers and solo and duo works. Thus, Kremer soars in Bartók's "Solo Violin Sonata," Argerich shines in Schumann's "Kinderszenen," and they both catch fire together in the formers "First Sonata" and latter's "Second Sonatas." The addition of Kremer and Argerich's extremely soulful readings of Fritz Kreisler's "Liebesleid" and "Schön Rosmarin" as encores are like dessert after a heavy meal. It should be noted that the recording here of "Kinderszenen" is Argerich's first solo recording in three decades. It is entirely different in conception and execution from her 1984 Deutsche Grammophon recording and demands to be heard by anyone who admires the Argentinean pianist's work.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - James Inverne
[June 2009 CD of the Month] Argerich is expansive and sumptuous one minute, almost ghostly the next. Kremer makes the most extraordinary sounds, occasionally it seems as though acid is eating into his strings -- and the composers' souls. It will be a long time before I forget his spectral meanderings in Bartók's First Sonata. Something of an instant classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099969339929
catalogNumber:
93399
Rank:
206555

Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich  - Gidon Kremer
  2. Sonata for violin solo ("quarter-tone variant" version, published in 1994), Sz. 117, BB 124  - Béla Bartók  - Gidon Kremer
  3. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in C sharp minor, Sz. 75, BB 84 (Op. 21)  - Béla Bartók  - Martha Argerich  - Gidon Kremer
  5. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Martha Argerich  - Gidon Kremer
  6. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Martha Argerich  - Gidon Kremer

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