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Music for 2 Pianos - Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Brahms, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski / Argerich, et al

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux (6), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 11
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

"Joined by six different pianists in seven different works, Argerich delivers her standard hell-bent-for-glory playing. For Argerich, with her gigantic technique and fierce temperament, nothing less seems possible, and these are some of the most violently passionate performances of these pieces ever recorded... Recorded between 2002 and 2005, EMI's live sound is hot, close, and vivid." -All Music Guide

Brahms: Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b Martha Argerich (piano) & Lilya Zilbertstein (piano) Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b for 2 Pianos Martha Argerich (piano) & Polina Leschenko (piano) Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos Martha Argerich (piano) & Giorgia Tomassi (piano) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical' Transcribed for two pianos by Rikuya Terashima Martha Argerich (piano) & Yefim Bronfman (piano) Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17 Martha Argerich (piano) & Gabriela Montero (piano) Six Pieces, Op. 11 Six Morceaux for piano four hands Lilya Zilberstein (piano) & Martha Argerich (piano) Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a Transcribed for two pianos by Nicolas Economu Martha Argerich (piano) & Mirabela Dina (piano)

BBC Music Magazine
If the sound is uneven, that's far outweighed by the buzz we get from these scintillating live performances, all of which sound more like one player (with four hands) than two.

Financial Times
At a time when new music is more and more marginalised, modernity is expressed through the interpretation of past works by inspired performers. Lugano is a vibrant tribute to the concept.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Performers: Mirabela Dina (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17
  • Performers: Gabriela Montero (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1901
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux (6), for piano, 4 hands, Op. 11
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
  • Performers: Polina Leschenko (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Variations on a theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos
  • Performers: Giorgia Tomassi (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941
  • Studio/Live: Live