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The Martha Argerich Collection, Vol. 3: Chamber Ensembles

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87
>     1. Introduction. Andante dolce
>     2. Quarrel. Allegretto
>     3. Winter. Adagio - Allegro moderato
>     4. Spring. Vivace con brio - Moderato - Presto
>     5. Cinderella's Waltz. Andante - Allegretto - Poco più an
>     6. Gavotte. Allegretto
>     7. Gallop. Presto - Andantino - Presto
>     8. Valse lente. Adagio - Poco più animato - Assai più mos
>     9. Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro espressivo - Presto
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Schubert, Franz : Rondo for Piano 4 hands in A major, D 951 "Grand Rondo"
>Ravel, Maurice : La valse
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The final box of Argerich's DG recordings, which brings together on 6 CDs all of the chamber ensemble recordings from 1983 to 2009. The set also includes her celebrated collaborations with Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky and Yuri Bashmet, the duo-piano partnerships with Nicolas Economou, Mikhail Pletnev and Nelson Freire, and the Bartok / Ravel CD with Nelson Freire and percussionist friends.

Works:
Bartok:
Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, BB 121, Sz. 115

Brahms:
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

Prokofiev:
Cinderella, Op. 87

Rachmaninov:
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Ravel:
Ma Mere l'Oye
Rapsodie Espagnole
La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Schubert:
Rondo for piano duet in A major, D951

Schumann:
Fantasiestucke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88

Shostakovich:
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

Tchaikovsky:
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 'In Memory of a Great Artist'

Artists Include:
Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Nelson Freire, Nicolas Economou & Mikhail Pletnev

"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 (On Argerich's Duets with Nelson Freire)

"Wow! This is music making on a cosmic scale... All three artists rank among the most inspirational and experienced chamber players of our time, and here they set the notes on fire in performances of shattering intensity, improvisational spontaneity, and (in the Tchaikovsky) Herculean grandeur. Argerich's performance of the concerto-like piano part of the Tchaikovsky Trio is especially impressive; she seems to know instinctively when to dominate the proceedings and when to let her partners take over... These beautifully recorded performances are special in every way, as much an event as the concert itself must have been." -ClassicsToday (On Trios with Gidon Kremer and Mischa Maisky)

"Listening to this inspired disc is like eaves-dropping on two of the great pianists of our time playing for their own pleasure, oblivious of microphones and without a trace of self-consciousness... Polar opposites in temperament, Pletnev (a dab hand when it comes to transcriptions) and Argerich play as one: it would be difficult to imagine Prokofiev performed with more winning balletic grace and verve... DG's sound is exemplary; this is surely a record in a thousand." -Gramophone (On Duets with Mikhail Pletnev)



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
  • Performers: Nicolas Economou (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 64 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Performers: Nicolas Economou (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
  • Performers: Edgar Guggeis (Percussion); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano); Peter Sadlo (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Performers: Edgar Guggeis (Percussion); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano); Peter Sadlo (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
  • Performers: Edgar Guggeis (Percussion); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano); Peter Sadlo (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Trio for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 50
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
  • Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 1. Introduction. Andante dolce
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 2. Quarrel. Allegretto
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 3. Winter. Adagio - Allegro moderato
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 4. Spring. Vivace con brio - Moderato - Presto
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 5. Cinderella's Waltz. Andante - Allegretto - Poco più an
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 6. Gavotte. Allegretto
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 7. Gallop. Presto - Andantino - Presto
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 8. Valse lente. Adagio - Poco più animato - Assai più mos
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 87 :: 9. Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro espressivo - Presto
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma mère l'oye
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908-1910

>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, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 64 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post 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