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Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from Lugano 2012

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, K. 381 (K. 123a)
>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
>Martucci, Giuseppe : Theme and variations for piano in E flat major, Op. 58
>Smetana, Bedrich : Sonata movement for 2 pianos, 8 hands in E minor, JB 1
>Smetana, Bedrich : Jungend-Rondo (Rondo pro mládez, Youth Rondo), for 2 pianos, 8 hands in C major, JB 1
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Medtner, Nikolai : Piano Quintet in C major, Op. posth.
>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics are pleased to release the latest installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the tenth annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artist join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestra repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The collection, recorded in the summer of 2012 is being released in anticipation of the Festival's 2013 season in June.

As a chamber music event which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artist a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire. Live at Lugano Festival 2012 welcomes back mainly familiar names from the previous Live releases including Virgin Classics' inimitable violin and cello soloist brothers, Renaud and Gautier Capucon. The 3-CD set includes Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D featuring Renaud Capucon as well as Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos featuring Argerich and Nicholas Angelich.

Few artist 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.

Financial Times, 4th May 2013
Every bit as captivating as previous instalments...The only time [Argerich] plays solo is in Mozart's "Piano Concerto No 25", almost every note of which she invests with her beguiling sense of discovery: a fabulous, thrills-and-spills performance in which the Argentine pianist, now in her 70s, defies her age.

The Times, 17th May 2013
Even the more traditional repertoire tends to emerge piping hot. Nothing is hotter than Argerich and Nicholas Angelich's electrifying romp through the two-piano version of Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a marvel of fleet fingering and communal joy.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
They tread the fine line between the immediacy and drama of live performance and the accuracy needed for the repeat listening of recorded performance with great dexterity. Each performance on the discs of the 2012 festival is so immaculate that it is an unfailing surprise when the applause appears at the end of a track.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
Several of the ensembles could have benefited from more sustained period of rehearsal, yet they still communicate vibrancy and the sheer enjoyment possible when fine musicians get together to play chamber music in a relatively relaxed environment. Martha Argerich is the dominating presence, her performances among the most memorable in the set.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, K. 381 (K. 123a)
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performers: Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
  • Performers: Lily Maisky (Piano); Lyda Chen (Viola); Mischa Maisky (Cello); Lynn Chen (Viola); Sascha Maisky (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 25 in C major, K 503
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk
  • Running Time: 31 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony"
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Nicholas Angelich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
  • Performers: Ilya Gringolts (Violin); Torleif Thedeen (Cello); Polina Leschenko (Piano); Nathan Braude (Viola); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 07/10/1889-08/19/1889.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Martucci, Giuseppe : Theme and variations for piano in E flat major, Op. 58
  • Performers: Rusudan Alavidze (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano); Nelson Goerner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Smetana, Bedrich : Sonata movement for 2 pianos, 8 hands in E minor, JB 1 :: 47
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1849
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Smetana, Bedrich : Jungend-Rondo (Rondo pro mládez, Youth Rondo), for 2 pianos, 8 hands in C major, JB 1 :: 50
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Daniel Gerzenberg (Piano); Anton Gerzenberg (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1850
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
  • Performers: Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Performers: Alessandro Stella (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano); Carlo Griguoli (Piano); Alesandro Stella (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Medtner, Nikolai : Piano Quintet in C major, Op. posth.
  • Performers: Lilya Zilberstein (Piano); Dora Schwarzberg (Violin); Lucia Hall (Violin); Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola); Jing Zhao (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1904-1948
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mores, Mariano : Taquito militar, for tango ensemble
  • Performers: Ale Petrasso (Piano); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live