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Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from the Lugano Festival 2008

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Scherzo for 2 pianos, Op. 87
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tres minutos con la realidad
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Ravel, Maurice : Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
>Piazzolla, Astor : Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle
>Pletnev, Mikhail : Fantasia elvetica ("Swiss Fantasy"), for 2 pianos & orchestra

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Scherzo for 2 pianos, Op. 87
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tres minutos con la realidad
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Ravel, Maurice : Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
>Piazzolla, Astor : Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle
>Pletnev, Mikhail : Fantasia elvetica ("Swiss Fantasy"), for 2 pianos & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

For the seventh Lugano Festival, legendary pianist Martha Argerich continues her commitment to showcasing young new talent and exploring lesser-known composers and works. Joining Argerich are frequent collaborators such as Renaud Capucon, Mischa Maisky, Stephen Kovacevich, while this year also features new faces like Lilya Zilberstein, Alissa Margulis, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, and more!

BBC Music Magazine
Martha Argerich... in a duet with her ex-husband Stephen Kovacevich... delivers Mozart's Andante and Variations in G, K501 with such pearlised perfection that we are instantly drawn into her surprising musical world. Bonnes bouches by Ravel (Introduction and Allegro), Saint-Saëns (Scherzo, Op. 87), and Dvorák (four Slavonic Dances) allows these brilliant soloists to shine in constantly changing permutations: the whole thing is a feast.

The Guardian
Argerich features more extensively in this latest collection than she sometimes has in the past - playing Mozart's Andante and Variations K501 with Stephen Kovacevich and Rachmaninov's First Suite for two pianos with Lilya Zilberstein, and appearing as soloist in Janácek's Concertino and in Mikhail Pletnev's own gruesomely kitschy Fantasia Elvetica. Without her, the other hand-picked musicians play Arensky's Piano Quintet, Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio, a surprisingly successful two-piano arrangement of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and a piano-trio version of Piazzolla's Four Seasons. Somehow, the electricity that is such a trademark of Argerich's own performances transfers to most of those, too.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Arensky, Anton [Composer] : Piano Quintet in D major, Op. 51
  • Performers: Marc Drobinsky (Cello); Dora Schwarzberg (Violin); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola); Lucia Hall (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Scherzo for 2 pianos, Op. 87
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Akane Sakal (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8
  • Performers: Alissa Margulis (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Lily Maisky (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola); Lucia Hall (Violin); Vincent Godel (Bassoon); Zora Slokar (Horn); Alissa Margulis (Violin); Corrado Giuffredi (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Karin Lechner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Karin Lechner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Karin Lechner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Karin Lechner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tres minutos con la realidad
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
  • Performers: Alessandro Stella (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1905
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Piazzolla, Astor : Cuatro estaciónes porteñas (The Four Seasons), tango cycle
  • Performers: Alexander Gurning (Piano); Alissa Margulis (Violin); Alexandre Debrus (Cello)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965-1970
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Pletnev, Mikhail : Fantasia elvetica ("Swiss Fantasy"), for 2 pianos & orchestra
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006
  • Studio/Live: Live