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Martha Argerich: Lugano Concertos / Gabriela Montero, Karin Merle, Susan Roberts and Helene Schneidermann [4 CDs]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
>Schubert, Franz : Divertissement a la hongroise for piano, 4 hands in G minor, D. 818 (Op. 54)
>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52
>Stravinsky, Igor : Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion
>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since 2002 Martha Argerich's Progetto at the Lugano's Festival has brought together many notable artists for memorable concerts of chamber and orchestral music. This deluxe 4-CD set offers a rich selection of live concerto recordings, all with Martha Argerich and all first-time releases. They include a number of works new to her Deutsche Grammophon discography (Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartok and Poulenc) in addition to scintillating performances of Schubert, Brahms and Milhaud - all CD premieres absolutely new to her repertoire.

It's a mixture of the familiar and the new; but even the familiar gets an extra frisson through the tension and edge of live performance atmosphere. The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is Ms. Argerich's excellent partners under a variety of conductors including Charles Dutoit, Ion Marin and Alexandre Rabinovitch; piano colleagues such as Rico and Paul Gulda (Mozart Triple Concerto) also join her on stage.

The 4 CDs are shelved two on the inside front cover, two on the inside back cover. The main article is by Lugano Festival Director Carlo Piccardi, and there are eight pages of color photos from performances at the Festival.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
I would not deter anyone from duplicating because...there are many moments and passages of pure delight, often deriving from the frisson of a live performance (listen to the Poulenc!) One marvels anew at such freshly minted interpretations married to the insights, subtle nuances and detail acquired only after long acquaintance.

International Record Review, December 2012
Few artists being such unfettered joy to their music-making as Argerich, and few combine such artless spontaneity, technical brilliance and searching insights. These are qualitites that shine through this marvellous new set...Even collectors who have Argerich playing most of these works already are likely to be as thrilled and elated as I have been listening to this extraordinary anthology.

New York Times, 23rd November 2012
[Argerich] combines a colossal technique with powerfully instinctive musicianship and electrifying energy. This exciting release is an ideal present.

The Guardian, 22nd November 2012
it's a supercharged, witty performance [of the Poulenc] from 2007; Argerich's lacerating runs in the first movement are worth the price of the set alone...[Scaramouche is] a final helping of joyous, free-wheeling music-making.

The Times, 21st December 2012
Amply featuring her mercurial magic and joy in communal music-making.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Running Time: 33 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor
  • Performers: Alexander Gurning (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Erasmo Capilla
  • Running Time: 19 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1932
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242
  • Performers: Rico Gulda (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Paul Gulda (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Notes: Composition written: 1776.
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1776
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Running Time: 29 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gabriel Chmura
  • Running Time: 28 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1788-1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1835-1856
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501
  • Performers: Akane Sakai (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Divertissement à la hongroise for piano, 4 hands in G minor, D. 818 (Op. 54)
  • Performers: Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52
  • Performers: Gabriela Montero (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Running Time: 18 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868-1869
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Stravinsky, Igor : Les Noces III (The Wedding), ballet in 4 tableaux for vocal soloists, chorus, 4 pianos & percussion
  • Performers: Carsten Wittmoser (Bass); Susan Roberts (Soprano); Helene Schneiderman (Mezzo Soprano); Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano); Daniel Norman (Tenor); Alexander Gurning (Piano); Yulia Zaichkina (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: Lugano Percussion Group
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1923
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
  • Performers: Karin Merle (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Live