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Live from Lugano 2006 / Argerich & Friends


Release Date: 06/05/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 89241   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannFelix MendelssohnSergei TaneyevClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  Martha ArgerichGautier CapuçonLida ChenRenaud Capuçon,   ... 
Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Italian Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

***** (out of 5)
All too often, chamber music collaborations between established, accomplished soloists do not yield favorable results. Merely putting together virtuosic musicians does not mean they will play well together. Such is not the case with this recording of Martha Argerich's 2006 festival in Lugano. This album represents an amazing synthesis of well-known artists, musicians just coming into their own fame, as well as compositions ranging from standard repertoire to rarely heard works. Argerich's decision to include violinist Renaud Capuçon and brother Gautier Capuçon was wise indeed, as their energetic and fiendishly virtuosic playing is nearly enough to carry the CD on its own. All of the music-making is
Read more simply top-notch, yet there are still ensembles that truly stand out. The first such remarkable performance is of Schumann's Piano Quartet, Op. 47, with Argerich herself at the helm joined by brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and Lida Chen. The quartet breathes amazing new energy and life into a composition that is frequently given a backseat to the piano quintet. Schumann receives another boost in the performance of his Piano Trio, Op. 63, this time by pianist Nicholas Angelich joined again by the Capuçon brothers. Both of these Schumann interpretations could stand alone as reference recordings of the works. As for lesser-known works, the Taneyev Piano Quintet is perhaps the weakest piece on the program primarily due to the slightly poorer sound quality. The three-disc set concludes with the Schnittke Violin Sonata and a concerto for cello (again with Gautier Capuçon) and wind orchestra by Friedrich Gulda. Anyone the least bit interested in chamber music should give this album a try.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Gautier Capuçon (Cello), Lida Chen (Viola),
Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 28 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 25 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano), Sergei Nakariakov (Flugelhorn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 10 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Nicholas Angelich (Piano), Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 34 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Taneyev
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano), Dora Schwarzberg (Violin), Lucy Hall (Violin),
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola), Jorge Bosso (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 44 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 1, Nuages by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karin Lechner (Piano), Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 2, Fêtes by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sergio Tiempo (Piano), Karin Lechner (Piano)
Period: French Impressionist 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano), Alissa Margulis (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerla 
Length: 16 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Cello by Friedrich Gulda
Performer:  Gautier Capuçon (Cello)
Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Italian Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Live  Congress Palace, Lugano, Switzerland 
Length: 32 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47: I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47: II. Scherzo (Molto vivace) & Trio
Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47: III. Andante cantabile
Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47: IV. Finale (Vivace)
Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, Op. 58: Allegro vivace
Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, Op. 58: Allegretto scherzando
Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, Op. 58: Adagio
Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, Op. 58: Molto allegro e vivace
Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano Op. 73: I. Lebhaft, leicht
Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.63: I. Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.63: II. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.63: III. Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op.63: IV. Mit Feuer
Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30: Introduzione. Adagio mesto - Allegro
Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30: Scherzo
Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30: Largo
Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30: Finale. Allegro vivace

Customer Reviews

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 Magnificent performances at a great price November 4, 2012 By Peter K. (Fort Collins, CO) See All My Reviews "I will start by saying I haven't listened to everything on these 3 CDs, but I have fallen in love with two works new to me on the second CD, in fantastic performances--the Schumann Piano Trio No. 1 and the Taneyev Piano Quintet. The performances are intense, the sound is excellent, and I highly recommend this 3-disc set for the price of one." Report Abuse
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