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Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From The Lugano Festival 2008


Release Date: 04/07/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67051   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAnton ArenskyCamille Saint-SaënsDmitri Shostakovich,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichMartha ArgerichLilya ZilbersteinDora Schwarzberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 41 Mins. 

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MARTHA ARGERICH AND FRIENDS Martha Argerich (pn); 1,2,6,7,9,12 Stefan Kovacevich (pn); 1 Renaud Capuçon (vn); 2 Lilya Zilberstein (pn); 3,4,6 Dora Schwarzberg (vn); 3 Lucia Hall (vn); 3,7 Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg Read more (va); 3,7 Mark Drobinsky (vc); 3 Akane Sakai (pn); 4 Lily Maisky (pn); 5,6,8 Alissa Margulis (vn); 5,7,10 Mischa Maisky (vc); 5 Corrado Giuffredi (cl); 7 Zora Slokar (hn); 7 Vincent Godel (bn); 7 Karin Lechner (pn); 8 Eduardo Hubert (pn); 9 Alexander Gurning (pn); 10 Alexandre Debrus (vc); 10 Georgia Tomassi (pn); 11 Alessandro Stella (pn); 11 Alexander Mogilevsky (pn); 12 Mikhail Pletnev, cond; 12 Swiss Italian O 12 EMI 67051 (3 CDs: 280:20)


MOZART Andante and Variations in G. 1 SCHUMANN Violin Sonata No. 2. 2 ARENSKY Piano Quintet in D. 3 SAINT-SAËNS Scherzo. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 1. 5 RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 1. 6 JANÁ?EK Concertino. 7 DVO?ÁK 4 Slavonic Dances. 8 PIAZZOLLA 3 tangui (trans. Hubert). 9 Las estaciones porteñas (arr. Bragato). 10 RAVEL Introduction and Allegro. 11 PLETNEV Fantasia elvetica 12


One thought kept recurring as I listened to this three-disc set from Martha Argerich’s 2008 Lugano Festival: I want to be at the event myself some day, sitting in the audience, listening to great music played at such a high level. For a recording that documents a live event, there is no greater compliment.


I have read commentary about this and other festivals that harp on technical deficiencies, either in the performances themselves or in the recording process. Few writers are as unforgiving of error as I am, and subpar recordings can no doubt spoil an otherwise fine endeavor. But in the case of this justly prestigious event, the caveats, though not insignificant, in no way diminish the excitement that only a live event can muster. Sadly, performers tend to operate in two different modes: a cautious one for recordings, where microphones pick up the smallest of sonic minutiae, and for live recordings, allowing sparks to be generated without fear of an error or two being preserved for posterity. This is a lesser issue in orchestral and opera recordings (quite common now due to the skyrocketing costs of studio recordings), where the sheer mass of performers provides a measure of cover. If ever there was an example of the value of preserving the particular virtues of live recordings, this is it.


Argerich is obviously the focal point here, but she has assembled an outstanding roster of accomplices, beginning with pianist Stephen Kovacevich in Mozart’s Andante and Variations in G for piano four hands. The duo delivers a performance that is by turns elegant and blistering. It also sets the tone for a collection that, while ostensibly a chamber-music sampler, is decidedly keyboard-centric, with 11 of the 24 performers being pianists.


Argerich’s recording on Deutsche Grammophon of Schumann’s violin sonatas with Gidon Kremer is one of my favorite discs, and here she reprises her performance of the Second Sonata with the captivating violinist Renaud Capuçon, an artist new to me but one who deserves the kind of exposure Argerich is providing. There is a palpable synergy here that is irresistible—Capuçon’s sound is beguiling, and the pair rides the waves of the composer’s fevered meanderings with total engagement. Those who deride Schumann’s piano-writing in these sonatas need only hear Argerich’s transparent yet fiery reading to hear what is possible in the hands of an artist of her caliber.


Anton Arensky’s Piano Quintet in D receives an expressive and finely nuanced reading with five other fine players from the festival. Arensky wasn’t a cutting edge composer. In fact, there are many similarities to Schumann, though this fine work was realized a few decades after that composer’s death. The fleet Scherzo bears some kinship with Mendelssohn, but with an added pinch of Slavic flavor. Lilya Zilberstein and Akane Sakai give a jostling, if occasionally messy reading of Saint-Saëns’s Scherzo for two pianos. Rarely have I heard Ravel so prominently prefigured in the music of his older compatriot (including prominently placed whole tone scales), but ultimately the entertainer gains the upper hand over the serious composer.


If Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 is a cornerstone among 20th-century trios, his first effort in the medium, written when he was 17, is neglected, and justly so. Still, an occasional deeply felt reading such as this by Lily and Mischa Maisky and Alissa Margulis is warranted. Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1 for two pianos has been performed with more polish and precise synchronization, but rarely with the idiomatic flair that Argerich and Zilberstein bring. I was not familiar with Janá?ek’s Concertino for mixed septet, and I was glad to get to know it in this characterful reading. Chamber music with programmatic undertones is a fairly rare commodity, but the composer pulls it off ingeniously. Argerich has assembled a fine group of wind- and string-players to make its case.


Four of Dvo?ák’s Slavonic dances in their piano duet versions are dispatched with verve by Maisky and Karin Lechner, but for some reason the recorded sound is suddenly recessed in comparison to other works on this collection, dulling their impact considerably. The Piazzolla arrangements succeed splendidly, as does the version of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for two pianos. Some of the differentiated color of the original is missed, but the homogenization pays dividends of its own, and Tomassi and Stella play with understated, idiomatic grace. The parade of intimate music is finally interrupted at the end of the collection with Mikhail Pletnev’s Fantasia elvetica for two pianos and orchestra from 2006. Needless to say for a work coming from the pen of a pianist, it is composed with idiomatic flair for the two soloists (Argerich and Mogilevsky), but otherwise it is not a work of much consequence.


There are some tracks that will reward the listener more than others, but overall this should appeal to more than just the sizable contingent of fans of the celebrated pianist.


FANFARE: Michael Cameron
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Works on This Recording

1.
Andante and Variations (5) for Piano 4 hands in G major, K 501 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 51 by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano), Dora Schwarzberg (Violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola),
Lucia Hall (Violin), Mark Drobinsky (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Length: 22 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
3.
Scherzo for 2 Pianos, Op. 87 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Akane Sakai (Piano), Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 8 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Lily Maisky (Piano), Mischa Maisky (Cello), Alissa Margulis (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USSR 
Length: 12 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
5.
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Corrado Giuffreddi (Clarinet), Martha Argerich (Piano), Vincent Godel (Bassoon),
Zora Slokar (French Horn), Alissa Margulis (Violin), Lucia Hall (Violin),
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Brno, Czech Republic 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
6.
Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Giorgia Tomassi (Piano), Alessandro Stella (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
7.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Primavera porteña by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alissa Margulis (Violin), Alexandre Debrus (Cello), Alexandre Gurning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
8.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Otoño porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alexandre Gurning (Piano), Alexandre Debrus (Cello), Alissa Margulis (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Argentina 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
9.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Verano porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alexandre Gurning (Piano), Alexandre Debrus (Cello), Alissa Margulis (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Argentina 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
10.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Invierno porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alexandre Debrus (Cello), Alissa Margulis (Violin), Alexandre Gurning (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Argentina 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
11.
Fantasia Elvetica by Mikhail Pletnev
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano)
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Length: 31 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
12.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
13.
Suite for 2 Pianos no 1, Op. 5 "Fantaisie-tableaux" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 23 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
14.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 1 in C major, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karin Lechner (Piano), Lily Maisky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
15.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145: no 4 in D flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karin Lechner (Piano), Lily Maisky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
16.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78: no 7 in C minor, Skocná by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karin Lechner (Piano), Lily Maisky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
17.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karin Lechner (Piano), Lily Maisky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
18.
Tres Minutos con la realidad by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eduardo Hubert.
Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
19.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eduardo Hubert.
Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 
20.
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Eduardo Hubert (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Eduardo Hubert.
Audio Engineers: Ulrich Ruscher; Wolfgang Müller.
Audio Producers: Carlo Piccardi; David Groves. 

Sound Samples

Andante and Variations for Piano, 4 hands, K.501
Andante and Variations for Piano, 4 hands, K.501
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: I. Ziemlich langsam und energisch - Lebhaft
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: I. Ziemlich langsam und energisch - Lebhaft
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: II. Sehr lebhaft
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121: II. Sehr lebhaft: Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121: II. Sehr lebhaft
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: III. Leise, einfach (etwas lebhafter - etwas bewegter - tempo wie vorher)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: III. Leise, einfach (etwas lebhafter - etwas bewegter - tempo wie vorher)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: IV. Bewegt
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op.121: IV. Bewegt
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: I. Allegro moderato
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: I. Allegro moderato
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: II. Andante con variazioni
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: II. Andante con variazioni
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: IV. Allegro moderato
Quintet in D Major, Op.51: IV. Allegro moderato
Scherzo, Op.87
Scherzo, Op.87
Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op.8
Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op.8
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: I. Barcarolle: Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: I. Barcarolle
Suite No.1 in G Minor, Op.5: I. Barcarolle
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: II. La nuit... l'amour: Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: II. La nuit... l'amour
Suite No.1 in G Minor, Op.5: II. La nuit... l'amour
Suite No.1 in G Minor, Op.5: III. Les larmes
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: III. Les larmes: Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: III. Les larmes
Suite No.1 in G Minor, Op.5: IV. Pâques
Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: IV. Pâques: Rachmaninov: Suite for 2 Pianos No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5: IV. Pâques
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: I. Moderato
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: I. Moderato
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: II. Pi¨ mosso
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: II. Pi¨ mosso
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: III. Con moto
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: III. Con moto
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: IV. Allegro
Concertino for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon: IV. Allegro
Slavonic Dances: Op.46 No. 1
Slavonic Dances: Op.46 No. 1
Slavonic Dances: Op.72 No. 4
Slavonic Dances: Op.72 No. 4
Slavonic Dances: Op.46 No. 7
Slavonic Dances: Op.46 No. 7
Slavonic Dances: Op.72 No. 2
Slavonic Dances: Op.72 No. 2

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 Another Great issue in a Great Series January 24, 2014 By James C. (Baton Rouge, LA) See All My Reviews "I would highly recommend this in tire series of annual recordings form Argerich 's Lugano Festival. Each one contains standard repertoire and off-beat nuggets in superb performances form internationally known artists and their lesser known, but greatly talented friends and family. It's really all about the joy of music making - and that's what shines through all the performances. The repertoire is so varied that each disc is like attending a wonderful chamber music concert, rather than sitting through over an hour of the same composer's work in a single genre. Great stuff!" Report Abuse
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