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The Martha Argerich Collection, Vol. 3: Chamber Ensembles

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  1. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non allegro
  2. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse) $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: III. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
  4. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: I. Ouverture miniature: Allegro giusto $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques. a. Marche: Tempo di marcia viva $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques., B. Danse de la Fée Dragée: Andante non troppo $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques. c. Danse russe Trépak: Tempo di Trepak, molto vivace $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques. D. Danse arabe: Allegretto $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques. e. Danse chinoise: Allegro moderato $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques. f. Danse des mirlitons: Moderato assai $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: III. Valse des Fleurs: Tempo di valse $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. . . . . . 110: I. Assai lento
  13. Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. . . . . . 110: II. Lento, ma non troppo $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz. . . . . . 110: III. Allegro non troppo $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Rapsodie espagnole: I. Prélude à la nuit: Modéré $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Rapsodie espagnole: II. Malagueña: Assez vif $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Rapsodie espagnole: IV. Feria: Assez vif $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Applause $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67: I. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mosso $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67: II. Allegro con brio $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67: III. Largo $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67: IV. Allegretto - Adagio
  23. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: I. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)
  24. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: II. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. II: Più mosso $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. III: Allegro moderato $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. VI: Tempo di valse $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. VII: Allegro moderato $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato) $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto $1.29 on iTunes
  31. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. X: Tempo di mazurka $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: Var. XI: Moderato $1.29 on iTunes
  33. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: II. (B) Variazione finale e Coda (Allegretto risoluto e con fuoco - $1.29 on iTunes
  34. Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50: II. - [Coda] Lugubre $1.29 on iTunes
  35. Tango Pathétique $1.29 on iTunes
  36. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: I. Allegro
  37. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: II. Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo) $1.29 on iTunes
  38. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: III. Andante con moto
  39. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: IV. Rondo alla Zingarese $1.29 on iTunes
  40. Fantasiestücke, Op. 88: I. Romanze (Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck) $1.29 on iTunes
  41. Fantasiestücke, Op. 88: II. Humoreske (Lebhaft) $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), 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 : Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
>Prokofiev, Sergey : 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
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Notes & Reviews:

"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)

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



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nicolas Economou (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 64 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1940

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

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

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

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

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

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • 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: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kiesewetter, Peter : Tango Pathetique
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • 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: Martha Argerich (Piano); Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • 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: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Prokofiev, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : 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, Sergey : Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Freire (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940.
  • Running Time: 64 min. sec.
  • Period Time: 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