WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

The Berlin Recital - Schumann & Bartok / Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich


Release Date: 05/05/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 93399   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert SchumannBéla BartókFritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gidon KremerMartha Argerich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews



Argerich demonstrates her quicksilver musicianship in superb recitals

The brilliance of Martha Argerich is lauded often enough in these pages, but it is a thrill to be reminded of Gidon Kremer’s trascendent artistry. For this Schumann and Bartók recital is a meeting of musical equals, with both on top form.

Fascinatingly, this set comes out at the same time as another with Argerich (but paired with Renaud Capuçon), from Lugano, that duplicates some of the same repertoire. The comparison is telling. Nothing wrong with Capuçon, but it is Kremer in Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata who reaches far beyond the virtuoso thrill
Read more factor to find a sense of transformation, of something dark and frightening emerging from what once seemed merely pleasant.

Argerich alongside Kremer is challenged to be at her most keenly alert. Hearing these two build their interpretations together and apart is like watching two great Shakespearean actors, each pushing the other to greater heights.

And neither is afraid to play with tone. Argerich is expansive and sumptuous one minute, almost ghostly the next. Kremer makes the most extraordinary sounds, occasionally it seems as though acid is eating into his strings – and the composers’ souls. It will be a long time before I forget his spectral meanderings in Bartók’s First Sonata. Something of an instant classic.

-- Gramophone [6/2009]
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
2. Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
3. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
4. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1, Sz 75 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Budapest, Hungary 
5. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
6. Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook