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Live From Lugano Festival 2005 - Martha Argerich And Friends


Release Date: 07/18/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58472   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Renaud CapuçonNicholas AngelichGautier CapuçonMartha Argerich,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Album" and "Best Chamber Music Performance."

R E V I E W S

With the exception of the Rachmaninoff Suite for Two Pianos, recorded two years earlier, all of this well-filled three-disc program comes from Martha Argerich’s 2005 Lugano Festival. Drawing upon a mix of world famous name artists and young up-and-comers, this annual festival has become one of the music world’s most celebrated and anticipated events.While it is almost unavoidable to encounter some overlap of repertoire and artist with such collections—Argerich recorded both the Rachmaninoff Suite and the Brahms Haydn Variations with Alexandre Rabinovitch for Teldec
Read more in 1991 and 1993 respectively—one of the great delights of Lugano is that the programs tend to avoid presenting the same works from year to year simply performed by different players; yet they still maintain logical musical connections to previous festival years. For example, the 2002 festival (reviewed in 27:2) gave us Argerich and the Capuçon brothers in Mendelssohn’s First Piano Trio in D Minor; the current program gives us the composer’s Second Piano Trio, which, incidentally, is in C Minor, not D Minor, as the booklet note lists it. Similarly, the 2002 festival gave us Argerich and Zilberstein in Brahms’s two-piano version of his F-Minor Quintet. Here we get the piece in its better-known quintet version, and to square the circle, as it were, we have Brahms’s two-piano version of his Haydn Variations, better known in its orchestral guise.

Another nice touch is Argerich’s commitment to including a mix of little-known works by famous composers, as well as pieces by composers from Spain and Latin America. In the first instance, we have two howlers, each humorous for different reasons: the 15-year-old Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in C that takes us on a laugh-a-second amusement park ride that exhibits in condensed proto form all of the zany characteristics of the composer’s later music; and one of Mozart’s most famous piano sonatas with an accompanying waif-like counterpoint for a second piano concocted by Grieg. Jeremy Siepmann’s description of it could not be bettered: “a time-warp . . . that has the weird effect of fast-forwarding to Milhaud’s Scaramouche Suite.” In the second instance, we have the Danzas andaluzas by the Spanish-born Manuel Infante (1883–1958) and the Tres romances argentinos by Carlos Guastavino (1912–2000) who hails from Argerich’s native Argentina. The former work, dedicated to José Iturbi, the Spanish pianist who helped further Infante’s career, exudes a strong Flamenco flavor. In Guastavino’s work, composed in 1946, one feels the influence of French Impressionism and Debussy.

The major items on these discs—the Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms—are well represented in the current catalog, and I am not prepared to say that these performances trump the Beaux Arts, Florestan, or Parnassus Trios in the Mendelssohn, Steven Isserlis with Stephen Hough, or Truls Mørk with Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the Rachmaninoff cello sonata; or Rubinstein with the Guarneri Quartet in the Brahms Quintet. Still, there is not one among the lot of these festival performances that is below par. For those who find that recordings of live events (before appreciative but well-behaved audiences) have an extra measure of excitement to them, this set is easily recommended.

FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Nicholas Angelich (Piano), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 31 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Quartets (3) for Piano, Violin, Viola and Double Bass, WoO 36: no 3 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano), Gautier Capuçon (Cello),
Lida Chen (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Bonn, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 18 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Edvard Grieg. 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello), Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 31 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 2, Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 22 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Andalusian Dances for Piano 4 hands by Manuel Infante
Performer:  Sergio Tiempo (Piano), Karin Lechner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Variations for 2 Pianos on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b "St Anthony" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2005 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No.2 in D minor Op.66: Allegro energico
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No.2 in D minor Op.66: Andante espressivo
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No.2 in D minor Op.66: Scherzo. Molto allegro quasi presto
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No.2 in D minor Op.66: Finale. Allegro appassionato
Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in C major WoO 36/3: Allegro vivace
Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in C major WoO 36/3: Adagio con espressione
Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in C major WoO 36/3: Finale. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C K545: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C K545: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C K545: III. Rondo (Allegretto)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19: Lento - Allegro moderato
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19: Allegro Scherzando
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19: Andante
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19: Allegro mosso
Suite No. 2 in C Op. 17: I. Introduction (Alla marcia)
Suite No. 2 in C Op. 17: II. Valse (Presto)
Suite No. 2 in C Op. 17: III. Romance (Andantino)
Suite No. 2 in C Op. 17: IV. Tarentelle (Presto)
Danzas andaluzas: Ritmo
Danzas andaluzas: Sentimiento
Danzas andaluzas: Gracia (II vito)

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