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Music From Saratoga - Beethoven, Franck / Argerich, Perlman

Release Date: 11/02/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56815   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  César FranckLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha ArgerichItzhak Perlman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This first-ever collaboration between Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich offers ample proof that opposites attract, and often wind up making beautiful music together. The genial, warm-toned violinist and mercurial pianist tread carefully in the opening, declamatory bars of the "Kreutzer" Sonata, but soon get down to more than business as usual. Argerich's assertive left hand challenges her partner's tendency to taper phrases, and both artists imbue the variation movement with ravishing coloristic interplay. The galloping finale crackles with rapier accents and tightly honed ensemble work. As with the Beethoven, both musicians surpass their previous recorded partnerships in this Franck Sonata performance,
Read more distinguished for its lyrical breadth, simplicity of utterance, and thrilling yet unforced virtuosity. Recorded live in Saratoga, occasional audience noises and minuscule inaccuracies don't matter one bit, given such inspired artistry. Let's hope this Perlman/Argerich summit meeting is the first of many. What a team! --Jed Distler Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 07/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, USA 
Length: 25 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, USA 
Length: 34 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: II. Andante con variazioni 1-4
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, 'Kreutzer' Op. 47: III. Finale (Presto)
Violin Sonata in A: I. Allegretto ben moderato
Violin Sonata in A: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in A: III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Molto lento)
Violin Sonata in A: IV. Allegretto poco mosso

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