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Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from Lugano 2012

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, K. 381 (K. 123a)
>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
>Martucci, Giuseppe : Theme and variations for piano in E flat major, Op. 58
>Smetana, Bedrich : Sonata movement for 2 pianos, 8 hands in E minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Jungend-Rondo (Rondo pro mládez, Youth Rondo), for 2 pianos, 8 hands in C major, JB 1
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Medtner, Nikolai : Piano Quintet in C major, Op. posth.
>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics are pleased to release the latest installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the tenth annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artist join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestra repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The collection, recorded in the summer of 2012 is being released in anticipation of the Festival's 2013 season in June.

As a chamber music event which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artist a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire. Live at Lugano Festival 2012 welcomes back mainly familiar names from the previous Live releases including Virgin Classics' inimitable violin and cello soloist brothers, Renaud and Gautier Capucon. The 3-CD set includes Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D featuring Renaud Capucon as well as Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos featuring Argerich and Nicholas Angelich.

Few artist have nurtured and promoted emerging young musicians with the level of personal commitment shown by Martha Argerich. In the process, she has created inspired and inspirational chamber music partnerships mixing established and up-and-coming artists. A legend in her own lifetime for her technical mastery and passionate artistry, Argerich possesses an infectious spirit that has fired her own performances and partnerships as well as those of her colleagues and protégés.

Financial Times, 4th May 2013
Every bit as captivating as previous instalments...The only time [Argerich] plays solo is in Mozart's "Piano Concerto No 25", almost every note of which she invests with her beguiling sense of discovery: a fabulous, thrills-and-spills performance in which the Argentine pianist, now in her 70s, defies her age.

The Times, 17th May 2013
Even the more traditional repertoire tends to emerge piping hot. Nothing is hotter than Argerich and Nicholas Angelich's electrifying romp through the two-piano version of Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a marvel of fleet fingering and communal joy.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
They tread the fine line between the immediacy and drama of live performance and the accuracy needed for the repeat listening of recorded performance with great dexterity. Each performance on the discs of the 2012 festival is so immaculate that it is an unfailing surprise when the applause appears at the end of a track.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
Several of the ensembles could have benefited from more sustained period of rehearsal, yet they still communicate vibrancy and the sheer enjoyment possible when fine musicians get together to play chamber music in a relatively relaxed environment. Martha Argerich is the dominating presence, her performances among the most memorable in the set.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, K. 381 (K. 123a)
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Lyda Chen (Viola); Lyda Chen (Viola); Lily Maisky (Piano); Lily Maisky (Piano); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Sascha Maisky (Violin); Sascha Maisky (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 31 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
  • Performers: Nicholas Angelich (Piano); Nicholas Angelich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nathan Braude (Viola); Nathan Braude (Viola); Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Polina Leschenko (Piano); Polina Leschenko (Piano); Torleif Thedeen (Cello); Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 07/10/1889-08/19/1889.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Martucci, Giuseppe : Theme and variations for piano in E flat major, Op. 58
  • Performers: Rusudan Alavidze (Piano); Rusudan Alavidze (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Goerner (Piano); Nelson Goerner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Smetana, Bedrich : Sonata movement for 2 pianos, 8 hands in E minor, JB 1 :: 47
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Smetana, Bedrich : Jungend-Rondo (Rondo pro mládez, Youth Rondo), for 2 pianos, 8 hands in C major, JB 1 :: 50
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1850
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Carlo Griguoli (Piano); Carlo Griguoli (Piano); Alesandro Stella (Piano); Alesandro Stella (Piano); Alessandro Stella (Piano); Alessandro Stella (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Medtner, Nikolai : Piano Quintet in C major, Op. posth.
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Lucia Hall (Violin); Lucia Hall (Violin); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola); Dora Schwarzberg (Violin); Dora Schwarzberg (Violin); Jing Zhao (Cello); Jing Zhao (Cello); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1904-1948
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Ale Petrasso (Piano); Ale Petrasso (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live