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First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Itzahak Perlman, Trevor Pinnock, Gil Shaham, Bryn Terfel and Krystian Zimerman - performing great music in best-selling and benchmark recordings from the last 30 years.
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The Guardian, January 2004
... the results are every bit as incandescent as you would expect with Argerich partnering such a stellar trio of string players ... It sounds like a concert performance; there is a perfectly focused energy and a sense of daring about every phrase. The sense of expressive give-and-take within the quartet seems almost subliminal ... Argerich s playing is crammed with vivid invention.
Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2002).
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Ravel: Boléro; La Valse; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Daphnis et Chloé, suite no. 2 / Barenboim
Maurizio Pollini: 3 Classic Albums - Chopin: 12 Études op. 10; 12 Études op. 25; 24 Préludes op. 28; Polonaises Nos. 1 - 7
Vintage Trouble: 1 Hopeful Rd.
Beethoven: Complete String Trios, Op. 3, Op. 8, Op. 9/1-3 / Jacques Thibaud String Trio
Lang Lang in Paris - Chopin: Scherzos Nos. 1 - 4; Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37a / Lang Lang, piano [Deluxe Edition, CD & DVD]
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 'Spring' & 4 / Chicago SO, Barenboim
Cello Concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Milhaud, Kabalevsky; Sonatas & Suites by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann & Boccherini / Zara Nelsova, cello (rec. 1956-1965)
Lang Lang: The Vienna Album - Works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
Foreign Tongues: Fragile, As Said Before [Digipak]
Works DetailsBrahms, 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