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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Liszt, Ravel / Argerich, Decker, Et Al

Argerich / Schumann / Ravel / Liszt / Decker / Radio Canada Orchestra
Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4210  
Composer:  Robert SchumannFranz LisztMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1976, Miss Argerich was in the studios of the CBC Montreal network where she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Funérailles and Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. The program preserved what is believed to be the only concerto performance by the pianist that has been captured on video. The concerto receives a patrician performance with all the tonal beauty one would expect from this remarkable artist. The Ravel also benefits from her gorgeous tonal palette and evenness of touch. It is in the Liszt that one experiences the staggering virtuosity that is the other element of Argerich’s art. The left-hand octave passages in Funérailles are played with such awesome speed that the video cameras could barely capture the movement of the Read more hand. As exhilarating to watch as to hear, Argerich on television is a major addition to the recorded work of one of the foremost talents of our day. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Franz Paul Decker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 

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