Lugano Concertos / Martha Argerich [Limited Edition 4-CD Set]

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Catalog Number: B001725602
Number of Discs: 4

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ms. Argerich...combines a colossal technique with powerfully instinctive musicianship and electrifying energy... As a limited release, in a deluxe edition, Deutsche Grammophon has just issued a special four-CD set with live performances involving Ms. Argerich at the [Lugano] festival, in diverse repertory including seven solo concertos played with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana and various conductors: Beethoven’s First and Second, Prokofiev’s First and Third, Liszt’s First, Bartok’s Third and the Schumann. This exciting release is an ideal present.

-- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times [11/20/2012]

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Since 2002 Martha Argerich's Progetto at the Lugano Festival has brought together many notable artists for memorable concerts of chamber and orchestral music. This deluxe 4-CD set offers a rich selection of live concerto recordings, all with Martha Argerich and all first-time releases. They include a number of works new to her Deutsche Grammophon discography (Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartok and Poulenc) in addition to scintillating performances of Schubert, Brahms and Milhaud all CD premieres of pieces absolutely new to her repertoire.

CD1: Beethoven: Concerto no. 1, Poulenc: Double Concerto, Mozart: Triple Concerto K 242

CD 2: Schumann: Concerto, Prokofiev Concertos nos. 1 & 3

CD3: Beethoven: Concerto no. 2, Liszt: Concerto no. 1, Bartok: Concerto no. 3, Mozart: Andante & Variations K 501

CD4: Schubert: Divertissement a l hongroise, Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Stravinsky: Les Noces, Milhaud: Scaramouche

ALL LIVE RECORDINGS, ALL FIRST-TIME RELEASES

It's a mixture of the familiar and the new; but even the familiar gets an extra frisson through the tension and edge of live performance atmosphere. The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is Ms. Argerichs excellent partner under a variety of conductors including Charles Dutoit, Ion Marin and Alexandre Rabinovitch; piano colleagues such as Rico and Paul Gulda (Mozart Triple Concerto) also join her on stage.

The deluxe packaging is an oblong format, with a hardcover slipcase enclosing a 36-page hardcover book in full color.

The 4 CDs are shelved two on the inside front cover, two on the inside back cover. The main article is by Lugano Festival Director Carlo Piccardi, and there are eight pages of color photos from performances at the Festival.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1795 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Concerto for 2 Pianos in D minor by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Alexandre Gurning (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Erasmo Capilla
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
3. Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major, K 242 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rico Gulda (Piano), Paul Gulda (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
4. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841-1845 ; Germany
5. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911-1912 ; Russia
6. Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1921 ; USA
7. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Gabriel Chmura
Period: Classical
Written: 1793/1798 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Ion Marin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1856 ; Weimar, Germany
9. Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók
Performer: Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
10. Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868-1869 ; Austria
11. Les noces by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano), Alexandre Gurning (Piano), Carsten Wittmoser (Bass), Yulia Zaichkina (Piano), Helene Schneiderman (Mezzo Soprano), Susan Roberts (Soprano), Daniel Norman (Tenor), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Period: 20th Century
12. Andante and Variations (5) for Piano 4 hands in G major, K 501 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Akane Sakai (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Divertimento for Piano 4 hands in G minor, D 818/Op. 54 "à l'hongroise" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Alexander Mogilevsky (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Scaramouche, Op. 165b by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Karin Merle (Piano), Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; France
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