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First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Itzahak Perlman, Trevor Pinnock, Gil Shaham, Bryn Terfel and Krystian Zimerman - performing great music in best-selling and benchmark recordings from the last 30 years.
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The Guardian, January 2004
... the results are every bit as incandescent as you would expect with Argerich partnering such a stellar trio of string players ... It sounds like a concert performance; there is a perfectly focused energy and a sense of daring about every phrase. The sense of expressive give-and-take within the quartet seems almost subliminal ... Argerich s playing is crammed with vivid invention.
Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2002).
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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: 3 Classic Albums - Schubert: Schone Mullerin; Wintereise; Schwanengesang and select lieder / Gerald Moore, piano
Ravel: Boléro; La Valse; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Daphnis et Chloé, suite no. 2 / Barenboim
Verdi: Overtures & Preludes / Abbado, Berlin PO
Byron Janis: The Complete RCA Recordings / Byron Janis, piano [12 CDs]
Giovanni Sgambati: Symphony No. 1; Cola di Rienzo Overture / Francesco La Vecchia
Verdi: Opera Choruses / Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Solti
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Symphony no 9 / Peter Jablonski, Cristina Ortiz
Debussy: Nocturnes; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe; Scriabin: Poem of extacy / Claudio Abbado
Works DetailsBrahms, 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); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
- Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1842