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Shostakovich, Haydn: Piano Concertos / Argerich, Faerber


Release Date: 10/17/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439864   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Guy TouvronMartha Argerich
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 42 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shostakovich clearly borrows from his experience as a silent film accompanist, and this film has good actors: Argerich, Touvron, and Faerber. The passions are exalted, the chases spectacular, and the laughter infectious.

The first movement of the Shostakovich clearly borrows from his experience of piano accompaniment for silent movies. And our movie has good actors: Argerich, the trumpeter Guy Touvron and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra ruled by Jörg Faerber are well inside the idiom. The passions are exalted, as they should be in silent movies, the chases are spectacular, and the laughter is infectious. The melancholy of the second movement is heartfelt but not depressive - think Amelie Poulain having the
Read more blues. The hushed trumpet is magical, and the piano has enough weight in the grave culmination. The tears dry and a smile lights up in the tiny third movement, a transition to the over-the-top finale, where the pianist, the trumpeter and the strings play for their dear lives in a reckless galloping can-can!

I cannot recall a presentation of Haydn's most popular concerto which I liked more than Argerich's. Granted, you feel that she comes from a more romantic tradition than Haydn probably had in mind. So, the authenticity is questionable. But the excellence is not. The opening movement is buoyant and energetic. It is full of innocent, childish playfulness. In places, the piano sounds like a modernized harpsichord. The slow movement is intimately emotional, with silver threads, and sadness shining through the smile. You may be surprised by the long cadenza. It is by Wanda Landowska and, indeed, it has some more modern moments. But doesn't it perfectly emphasize the beauty of Haydn's motifs? In my opinion, this is what cadenzas are for: paraphrase, elaborate, in order to bring the composer's music closer to your heart. The third movement has elastic springiness. The orchestra runs effortlessly alongside Argerich. A great performance, and very well recorded too.

-- Oleg Ledeniov, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Guy Touvron (Trumpet), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Keyboard in D major, H 18 no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1784; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Karlshöhe Church, Ludwigsburg, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra Op.35: 1. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra Op.35: 2. Lento
Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra Op.35: 3. Moderato
Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra Op.35: 4. Allegro brio
Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D major, Hob.XVIII:11 - Concerto for Piano: 1. Vivace
Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D major, Hob.XVIII:11 - Concerto for Piano: 2. Un poco Adagio - Cadenza: Wanda Landowska
Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D major, Hob.XVIII:11 - Concerto for Piano: 3. Rondo all'Ungarese: Allegro assai

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