Martha Argerich: Live at Verbier / Beethoven, Scarlatti, Shostakovich [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 141/L 422
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Bizet, Georges : Symphony in C major
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Argentine pianist Martha Argerich has been dazzling audiences for decades with what the New York Times has referred to as 'prodigious technique with uncanny musicality.' She is now a fixture at the popular Verbier Festival in the Swiss Alps, entertaining thousands every summer. Argerich is accompanied in this live recording from the 2009 & 2010 festivals by the gifted Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Works by Beethoven, Scarlatti, Bizet and Shostakovich take the audience on a whirlwind tour through a small selection of Argerich's extensive repertoire.

Fanfare
... Martha Argerich... gives these concertos - both staples of her repertoire - youthful, quick-tempered performances full of biting accents and sparklingly clear inner lines, producing kick-ass rhythms and a sizzling energy that keep you on the edge of your seat...

ClassicalCDReview.com
Martha Argerich at her peak of performance... After a superlative performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 (one of her favorites), she gives as elegant a reading as you will ever hear of a Scarlatti sonata. Then she is joined by trumpeter David Guerrier in Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 - a virtuoso high-spirited romp for all concerned. Excitement diminishes a bit with the "bonus," Bizet's Symphony No. 1. Throughout, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra is in fine form under conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy.

Blu-rayDefinition.com
I have been a Martha Argerich fan for nearly as long as I can remember. Although she has entered her 8th decade, I could not detect any diminution of her interpretative or technical powers. Taking this program as a case in point, Argerich shifts gears seamlessly over three centuries of keyboard music from Scarlatti to Shostakovich. Each work is voiced as the composer intended with appropriate dynamics and expression. This would not be meaningful if the other parts of this concert were not up to snuff, and they most certainly are. Conductor Takacs is a new face to me but if these performances are typical of his musicianship, then I am eagerly awaiting his next outing. The videography is capable if not extraordinary. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the sound recording. For a recent show, and at a premium price too boot, viewers should expect state-of-the-art high definition sound. In spite of the plain vanilla 2-channel soundtrack, the power and glory of this Verbier Festival performance will stir anyone willing to give it a go. You do owe it to yourself to see one of the pianistic legends of our times, doing what she does best, and giving the lucky audience a brief glimpse of keyboard heaven.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 87 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 141/L 422
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 18th Century

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933

>Bizet, Georges : Symphony in C major
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Verbier Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855