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The Wigmore Hall Recital / Pires, Meneses

Pires / Meneses
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001893002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohannes BrahmsFelix MendelssohnJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao PiresAntonio Meneses
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Over four decades since securing worldwide recognition as one of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria Joao Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence and vitality of her art. This recital, recorded live in the splendid Wigmore Hall acoustics, is clearly a red-letter event for chamber music connoisseurs. Pires is partnered by Antonio Meneses, cellist with the Beaux Arts Trio and artist of great wisdom and imagination. Maria Joao Pires is one of the reigning pianists of our times, with numerous recordings spanning more than two decades on Deutsche Grammophon. One of the label’s flagship artists, she carefully handpicks her concert appearances and recordings projects, making this release a document of Read more extraordinary value. The album features a collection of some of the most intimately beautiful pieces, including the Songs without Words by Mendelssohn, the Intermezzi op. 117 and Cello Sonata op. 38 by Brahms, and the eternal “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert. Pires’s abiding concern for poetic shading draws the listener towards the spiritual essence of the works she performs. An exceptional live encounter between two legendary musicians at the height of their powers, here documented for the first time on disc. A must-have for any classical music lover! Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
Pastorale in F major, BWV 590: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Maria Roemaet-Rosanoff 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 simple review February 4, 2016 By joanne Boldon (encino, CA) See All My Reviews "I love the music, especially the Brahms Intermezzi. Pires is one of the best interpreters and of course the Mendelssohn is fine. Just a great recording." Report Abuse
 A glorious feast of music. June 2, 2015 By Ralph Miller (Vallejo, CA) See All My Reviews "Some music leaves you with an almost physical urge to hear it again. The music on this recording of this splendid recital falls into this category. If like me you had no idea what an arpeggione is, or was, and had never heard the Schubert sonata, you are in for a delightful treat. (The now obsolete instrument was apparently a cross between the cello and the viola, rather like a large guitar but held between the knees like a viola da gamba.) I had never heard of Meneses either but bought this disc because of Pires, who is a top-tier pianist of great sensitivity, taste, and severe control. Meneses is her match for restraint and disciplined emotion, so important in Schubert. The rest of the program is varied and penetrating, especially the Brahms. A wonderful feast of music! You will not be disappointed." Report Abuse
 truly great music-making November 19, 2013 By James Coco C. (Baton Rouge, LA) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful disc, documenting performances by musicians of rare musicality and interpretive insight. If there is one nit to pick, it is that the performance of Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata is a bit too mellow, a little more bite is not out of place, even in such a melodically rich composition. The selection of works by disparate composers is connected not only by instrumentation, but by interpretation. Very relaxing, very autumnal - in a good way." Report Abuse
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