“The Lugano festival is community music-making on a deluxe scale, with performers and listeners mutually uplifted by music’s wonders” (The Times)
“The delightful festival where youth meets experience and both benefit: […] friends are the best music-makers.” (Gramophone)
"Argerich doesn’t know how to be anodyne, a rarity in a world of countless executants but few musicians. Her "friends", younger than she, mostly blossom under her influence…” (Gramophone on Martha Argerich and Friends – Live from Lugano 2007)
"These annual live sets from the Lugano Festival are one of the delights of the year." (Observer)
EMI Classics is pleased to release the latestRead more installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2009, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2010 season in June
As a chamber music event, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire.
The piano stands at the centre of the programming, not only with works originally written for it but also with transcriptions, which played an important historic role in the diffusion of music in remote areas and within family circles.
Special attention has been paid to the anniversaries that occurred in 2009: the bicentenary of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's birth and the 50th anniversary of Ernest Bloch's death.
In addition to the inimitable Ms. Argerich, the performers include familiar names from previous Live from Lugano Festival releases, among them EMI Classics and Virgin Classics artists Sergio Tiempo and Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. They are joined by pianists Karin Lechner, Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilewsky, Kathia Buniatishvili, Daniel and Anton Gerzenberg, Polina Leschenko, Cristina Marton and Mauricio Vallina, violinists Lucy Hall, Alissa Margulis, Dora Schwarzberg, Geza Hosszu-Legocky and Lucia Hall, violists Lyda Chen and Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, cellists Mark Dobrinsky and Jorge Bosso and double bass player Enrico Fagone.
The repertoire includes a number of rarely performed works such as Schumann’s first composition for piano trio, the Phantasiestücke Op. 88; Mendelssohn’s D Major Sextet for the unusual combination of piano, violin, two violas, cello and double bass; and Rachmaninov’s Waltz and Romance for piano six hands, composed for his friends the Skalon sisters. Several of the works, including Mendelssohn’s D Major Sextet and the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chopin’s Polonaise brillante Op. 3 and Rachmaninov’s Waltz and Romance and Russian Rhapsody, were written when the composers were still teenagers. The discs also have a nationalistic flavor, with works by Chopin, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Bartók, Falla and Ravel.
Few artists have nurtured and promoted emerging young musicians with the level of personal commitment shown by Martha Argerich. In the process, she has created inspired and inspirational chamber music partnerships mixing established and up-and-coming artists. A legend in her own lifetime for her technical mastery and passionate artistry, Argerich possesses an infectious spirit that has fired her own performances and partnerships as well as those of her colleagues and protégés. Read less
Sextet for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 110by Felix Mendelssohn Performer:
Jorge Bosso (Cello),
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola),
Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano),
Dora Schwarzberg (Violin),
Lida Chen (Viola),
Enrico Fagone (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic Written: 1824; Germany
Nights in the gardens of Spainby Manuel de Falla Performer:
Martha Argerich (Piano)
Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1911-1915; Spain
Rapsodie espagnoleby Maurice Ravel Performer:
Sergio Tiempo (Piano),
Karin Lechner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1907-1908; France
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 1by Ernest Bloch Performer:
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola),
Alissa Margulis (Violin),
Lilya Zilberstein (Piano),
Lucia Hall (Violin),
Mark Drobinsky (Cello)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1921-1923; USA
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Unforgetable performancesAugust 9, 2014By Ricardo Alfaro (Panama, Panama)See All My Reviews"The Lugano experience with Martha Argerich and her friends is a feast of the spirit. The very high quality of the group of artists who gather in Lugano every year, the marvelous complicity between them and the public, the always varied and well thought out programs make this one the most interesting festivals of the european summer. For those who cannot be there in person, the EMI recodings provide a rewarding substitute."Report Abuse