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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Set of Jewels from Argerich et al: Last year's Lugano Festival as This Year's Festival is Occurring, June 14, 2012
This review is from: Martha Argerich & Friends: Live at the Lugano 2011 (Audio CD)
Once again EMI is gracing the classical music recording library with a special 3 CD set of the 2011 Lugano Festival that yearly present Martha Argerich, pianist, and her carefully selected Friends and a choice repertoire. This set represents the 10th anniversary of the project and the works presented and recorded here are among the most exciting and provocative. The Festival included such rarities as the big-boned, folksy piano quintet by the Polish composer Juliusz Zar'bski and a three-piano version of Shostakovich's satirical Cheryomushki suite. Argerich plays with each of the Capuçon brothers (in Beethoven and Schumann) and joins pianist colleagues for a fine Mozart duet and her wonderful two-piano version of Ravel's La valse. The highlight is an absolutely titanic account of Liszt's flamboyant Concerto pathétique with Lilya Zilberstein: breathtaking.

The works included in this set are as follows:

Violin Sonata No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3: by Beethoven with Renaud Capucon, violin and Martha Argerich, piano
Sonata in F for Piano 4 Hands, K 497 by Mozart, Cristina Marton and Martha Argerich
Keyboard Trio in C H 15 by Haydn with Polina Leschenko, piano, Alissa Margulis, violin and Julian Steckel, cello
Fantasiestück, Op. 73, Robert Schumann with Gautier Capucon, cello and Matha Argerich piano
Concerto pathétique, S 258 , Franz Liszt with Lilya Zilberstein and Martha Argerich, pianos
Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9 by Rachmaninov with Martha Argerich , piano, Renaud Capucon , violin, and Yan Levionnois, cello
Cheryomushki, Op. 105 by Shostakovich with Martha Argerich
La Valse, Ravel with Sergio Tiempo and Martha Argerich
Piano Concerto in G by Ravel with Martha Argerich and Jacek Kaspszyk, conducting
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 34 by Juliusz Zarebski (1854 - 1885) with Lida Chen, viola, Gautier Capucon, cello, Dora Schwarzberg, violin, Lucia Hall, violin, and Martha Argerich , piano.

This is an assortment of works played with a great sense of musicality and a live recording that picks up the joy of the audience in these splendid performances. Grady Harp, June 12
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2012 8:16:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2012 8:24:26 PM PDT
inthefoam says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2012 3:38:19 AM PDT
C. Pontus T. says:
If you look more carefully at Mr Harp's output here at Amazon, you will soon notice that he should be the subject of your criticism--not Ms Argerich, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest pianists the world has seen (and certainly not a a self-promoter, quite the opposite).

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2013 11:15:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2013 11:33:54 AM PDT
Bernheimer was indeed a fine reviewer.

I've been going to concerts and recitals for longer than I care to admit. If I've learned anything, it's that typically I enjoy live performances more than recordings, slipups, coughs, etc., notwithstanding. Since I cannot record live performances in the concert hall, I have to settle for recordings, if I want to hear a particular composition or artist again or listen to something or someone unfamiliar.

I've also learned that performances and artists whom I like have not made the same impression on a number of my musician and amateur listener friends. De gustibus non disputandum sums it up. That's why we have vanilla and chocolate ice cream (as well as more varieties than when I began going to concerts).

I don't believe there should be competition in aesthetic judgments.

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