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Martha Argerich and Friends Live From Lugano Festival 2010

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Chopin, Frédéric : Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for Piano 4 hands in E flat major on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Liszt, Franz : Les preludes, S 97
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Quintet for piano & strings in E major, Op. 15
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Granados, Enrique : Piano Quintet in G minor, H. 112
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : Fantasy on Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," for 2 pianos
>Schnittke, Alfred : Quintet for Piano and Strings

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Chopin, Frédéric : Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for Piano 4 hands in E flat major on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Liszt, Franz : Les preludes, S 97
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Quintet for piano & strings in E major, Op. 15
>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
>Granados, Enrique : Piano Quintet in G minor, H. 112
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
>Grainger, Percy : Fantasy on Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," for 2 pianos
>Schnittke, Alfred : Quintet for Piano and Strings
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Notes & Reviews:

This eighth annual 3-CD set celebrates the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, in the exploration of wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire. The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2010, are being released in anticipation of the Festival's 2011 season in June.

Few artists 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.

This brilliant set features not only the breathtaking Martha Argerich but an exciting assembly of classical stars and up-and-coming talent including Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon and Gabriela Montero.

"Even when Argerich is not directly involved, her unique musical spirit seems to hover over the performances; there's a freshness, a sense of discovery, about all the playing here, and it's never dull." -The Guardian

"the 2010 edition strikes me as among the best...It includes two electrifying Schumann performances from Argerich and the Capuçon brothers...plus an equally stunning Bartók Sonata for two pianos and percussion featuring Argerich with ex-spouse Stephen Kovacevich...To cap it all, Argerich returns to her youth with a sensational Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, digging into the music's expressive core as never before."-Financial Times

Gramophone Magazine
If I was to pick one instance of the electricity and expressive freedom encountered on these three CDs it would have to be Argerich's recreation of Chopin's First Concerto...she has rarely sounded more vehement, personal or beguiling. As for the finale, I doubt whether it has ever been played with a more riotous or consuming brilliance in its entire history...All in all, these discs are a reminder of a unique, formidable and ever-enchanting artist.

BBC Music Magazine
The sustained quality of music-making on display here ensures that the collective result is something much more than a high-powered musical love-in...her approach [to the Chopin] is as fresh as ever, and she brings to the music a sense of unexaggerated surrounding immensity in the way that only great artists can...the articulation and control [in the Bartok] are so superb that the work's magisterial power truly comes across.

The Observer
Argerich encourages many youthful talents to blossom; she is joined by her former partner Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich for a fine Bart=k sonata for two pianos and percussion, rhythmically focused but never brittle...Her solo turn is Chopin's First Concerto, eloquently shaped, with the most rivetingly exuberant finale you could hope to hear.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performers: Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Rondo for 2 Pianos in C major, B 27/Op. 73
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Sergei Edelmann (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for Piano 4 hands in E flat major on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 23
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 38 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Performers: Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Les préludes, S 97
  • Performers: Daniel Rivera (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1848-1854

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Quintet for piano & strings in E major, Op. 15
  • Performers: Marc Drobinsky (Cello); Alissa Margulis (Violin); Lucia Hall (Violin); Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, Sz 110
  • Performers: Danilo Grassi (Percussion); Louis Sauvetre (Percussion); Martha Argerich (Piano); Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Piano Quintet in G minor, H. 112
  • Performers: Alissa Margulis (Violin); Géza Hosszu-Legocky (Violin); Lyda Chen (Viola); Gabriela Montero (Piano); Natalia Margulis (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet suite for orchestra
  • Performers: Alessandro Stella (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano); Carlo Griguoli (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Grainger, Percy : Fantasy on Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Gabriela Montero (Piano); Alexander Gurning (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Schnittke, Alfred : Quintet for Piano and Strings
  • Performers: Lyda Chen (Viola); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Dora Schwarzberg (Violin); Lucia Hall (Violin); Jorge Bosso (Cello)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1972-1976