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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, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
>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:

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, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • 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