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Salzburg / Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
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Notes & Reviews:

"This gorgeously engineered release reveals Argerich and Freire on staggering pianistic, musical, and ensemble form, from the impeccable chord balances in the Haydn Variations theme to La Valse's furious yet breathtakingly controlled climaxes. The two pianists shade Brahms' subtle cross-rhythmic effects in the Fifth and Eighth variations with effortless aplomb, while their vivid, perpetually supple Rachmaninov embraces such a wide spectrum of dynamics and colors that you hardly miss the composer's large orchestra... This release defines piano heaven on earth." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salzburg, Groáes Festspielhaus (08/03/2009).



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Well, Iím a piano music lover and I already heard Martha Argerich expertise in playing the piano. I will surely get a copy of this since itís on sale. I totally agree that the two musicians are prominent artists and it is touching to hear them play the Schubert while sitting at the same piano.
Submitted on 01/04/10 by KimE 
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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1828
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920
  • Studio/Live: Live