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A Piano Evening with Martha Argerich / Prokofiev, Schumann, Beethoven [DVD]

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For a significant number of people, she is simply the greatest pianist of our time. No matter what repertoire she plays, she sounds, as they say, "in her element". Indeed, her playing is entirely lacking in vanity, yet never remotely anonymous. Nor can one even speak of "Argerich's Beethoven" - or "Argerich's anything else", for that matter, since her playing of every work - of every theme or section within a work - is conceived so intensely from within that it doggedly resists categorization. Interestingly, though not perhaps surprisingly, the same variety of approach is evident in the way she plays the piano. To speak of "Argerich's technique" is again to oversimplify. She has this technique and that technique and any number in between. What they all have in common is their naturalness, their visible "fitness for function". Her interpretations are united by the effortlessness and pure joy of her music making and her individual approach to each work, each situation and each audience.

MusicWeb International
As Jeremy Siepmann rightly states in the booklet that accompanies this DVD "For a significant number of people Martha Argerich is simply the greatest pianist of our time". This DVD is proof again, were it needed, of how true this is. As Siepmann again puts it "No matter what repertoire she plays, she sounds, as they say, "in her element"." As he explains Argerich is firstly extremely selective about which composer's music she plays and what of them she plays. Secondly, she is uncategorisable for she does not play each with a recognisable style but with such total understanding and conviction that you feel it is as near as anyone can possibly get to the composer's intention; that is a rare thing. Her playing is unmannered yet totally convincing in every respect... the playing is so crisp and beautifully articulated... and very well served by orchestra and conductor. Some of the close-ups of the players' hands were breathtaking in their clarity and closeness, even showing Martha's hands from below.This will surely be of great interest to those studying the instruments in question.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 87 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56 "Triple Concerto"
  • Performers: Renaud Capuçon (Violin); Gautier Capuçon (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Ensemble: Flanders Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1804