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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

1. 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 
2. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
3. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Antonio Meneses (Cello)
Written: 1845 
4. 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 
5. 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 

Sound Samples

Pastoral In F, BWV 590: Pastorale In F, BWV 590 - Arranged For Cello And Piano
Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D.821: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D.821: 2. Adagio
Sonata For Arpeggione And Piano In A Minor, D.821: 3. Allegretto
3 Intermezzi, Op.117: Andante moderato, en mi bémol majeur
3 Intermezzi, Op.117: Andante non troppo, en si bémol mineur
3 Intermezzi, Op.117: Andante con moto, en ut dičse mineur
Song Without Words For Cello And Piano In D, Op.109
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38: 1. Allegro non troppo
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38: 2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
Sonata For Cello And Piano No.1 In E Minor, Op.38: 3. Allegro - Piů presto
Pastoral In F, BWV 590: Pastorale In F, BWV 590 - Arranged For Cello And Piano

Customer Reviews

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 truly great music-making November 19, 2013 By James 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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