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Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from Lugano 2013 - works by Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel Debussy, Rachmaninov

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
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Notes & Reviews:

The Times, 16th May 2014
With Martha at the keys, Beethoven's First Piano Concerto sparkles and winks, with friendly assistance from the Dutch conductor Hubert Soudant and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana...But as usual the special treats come in the lighter items, when hair is let down and feet stomp.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
The festival has class written all over it and exudes more joy - and humour - than any comparable event known to me. Argerich herself leads off here, in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto, displaying suppleness, rhythmic power, structural majesty and intimacy of inflection...Zilberstein's inspired caricature of incompetent pianists (in the Saint-Saens) is hilarious.

Financial Times, 31st May 2014
Beethoven's First Piano Concerto finds Argerich as explosively improvisatory as ever, but overall there's a hint of brusqueness that threatens to muddy the picture. For the first time in this annual series, I preferred the non-Argerich performances.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
To listen to these two close friends [Maisky and Argerich] firing off each other in the helter-skelter high spirits of the Rondo [of the Beethoven Cello Sonata] is pure delight.

The Telegraph, 12th June 2014
Argerich herself heads the venture in a characteristically vital, lucid, poised account of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto...This set is a showcase for superlative musicianship, crowned at the end by Argerich and a host of friends coming together for a Saint-Sadns Carnival of the Animals of irresistible zoomorphic wit and charm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lugano, Switzerland (07/2013/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Hubert Soudant
  • Running Time: 34 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Mischa Maisky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Respighi, Ottorino : Sonata for violin & piano, in B minor, P. 110
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : La lugubre gondola for Piano, S 200 (2nd version)
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Alissa Margulis (Violin); Jura Margulis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1934.
  • Running Time: 29 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonata Posthume for Violin and Piano
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Andrey Baranov (Violin); Jura Margulis (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Cristina Marton (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Carlo Griguoli (Piano); Alessandro Stella (Piano); Giorgia Tomassi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performers: Martha Argerich (Piano); Andrey Baranov (Violin); Lyda Chen (Viola); Alexandre Debrus (Cello); Gregorio Di Trapani (Percussion); Enrico Fagone (Double Bass); Corrado Giuffredi (Clarinet); Michaël Guttman (Violin); Alfred Rutz (Flute); Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Live