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Martha Argerich - Lugano Concertos [Box set]

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Martha ARGERICH was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She began her first piano lessons at the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. Considered a child prodigy, she soon performs in public. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and in Switzerland with Seidlhofer, Gulda, Magaloff, Mrs Lipatti and Stefan Askenase. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Argerich Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brioMartha Argerich13:57£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 2. LargoMartha Argerich11:11£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)Martha Argerich 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor - 1. Allegro ma non troppoMartha Argerich 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor - 2. LarghettoMartha Argerich 8:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Poulenc: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in D minor - 3. Finale (Allegro molto)Martha Argerich 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 1. AllegroMartha Argerich 8:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 2. AdagioMartha Argerich 8:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mozart: Concerto for 3 Pianos and Orchestra (No.7) in F, K.242 "Lodron" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)Martha Argerich 7:43£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuosoAlexander Vedernikov14:29£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)Alexander Vedernikov 5:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivaceAlexander Vedernikov10:08£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat, Op.10 - 1. Allegro briosoMartha Argerich 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat, Op.10 - 2. Andante assaiMartha Argerich 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat, Op.10 - 3. Allegro scherzandoMartha Argerich 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26 - 1. Andante - AllegroMartha Argerich 9:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26 - 2. Tema con variazioneMartha Argerich 9:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 in C, Op.26 - 3. Allegro ma non troppoMartha Argerich10:10£1.49  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brioMartha Argerich13:32£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 2. AdagioMartha Argerich 8:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)Martha Argerich 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestosoMartha Argerich 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animatoMartha Argerich 8:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 3. Allegretto vivaceMartha Argerich 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 1. AllegrettoAlexander Vedernikov 7:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 2. Adagio religiosoAlexander Vedernikov 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bartók: Piano Concerto No.3, BB 127, Sz. 119 - 3. Allegro vivaceAlexander Vedernikov 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mozart: Andante and Variations, K.501Akane Sakai 7:36£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Schubert: Divertissement à l'hongroise in G minor, D818 - 1. AndanteMartha Argerich 9:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Divertissement à l'hongroise in G minor, D818 - 2. Marcia: Andante con motoMartha Argerich 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: Divertissement à l'hongroise in G minor, D818 - 3. AllegrettoMartha Argerich12:05£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 1. Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebesCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:59£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 2. Am Gesteine rauscht die FlutCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 3. O die Frauen, o die FrauenCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:13£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 4. Wie des Abends schöne RöteCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 5. Die grüne HopfenrankeCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:32£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 6. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel nahm den FlugCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 7. Wohl schön bewandt war es voreheCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:24£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 8. Wenn so lind dein Auge mirCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:04£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 9. Am Donaustrande, da steht ein HausCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 10. O wie sanft die Quelle sichCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 11. Nein, es ist nicht auszukommenCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 12. Schlosser auf! und mache SchlösserCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:36£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 13. Vögelein durchrauscht die LuftCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 14. Sieh, wie ist die Welle klarCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:09£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 15. Nachtigall, sie singt so schönCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:00£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 16. Ein dunkler Schacht ist LiebeCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:07£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 17. Nicht wandle, mein Licht, dort aussenCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 - Verses from "Polydora" - 18. Es bebet das GesträucheCoro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana 1:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Premier Tableau: "La Tresse"Susan Roberts 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Deuxième Tableau: Chez le MariéSusan Roberts 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Stravinsky: Les Noces / Première Partie - Troisième Tableau: Le Départ de la MariéeSusan Roberts 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Stravinsky: Les Noces / Deuxième Partie - Quatrième Tableau: Le Repas de NocesSusan Roberts10:18£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Milhaud: Scaramouche, Suite for 2 Pianos - 1. VifMartha Argerich 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Milhaud: Scaramouche, Suite for 2 Pianos - 2. ModéréMartha Argerich 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Milhaud: Scaramouche, Suite for 2 Pianos - 3. Brazileira (Mouvement de samba)Martha Argerich 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 


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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, Bartók 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, Bartók: Concerto no. 3*, Mozart: Andante & Variations K. 501

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

(*New to Martha Argerich s discography on DG / new to Martha Argerich s discography)

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DGG 4779884; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale per Piano

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Argerich: a wonder of the world 24 Nov 2012
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I'm quite surprised no one has reviewed this yet - it seems to me that it is totally unmissable! In fact it is hard to describe how exciting it is. There are some works here that Martha Argerich has not recorded before - Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer, for instance, sung by a larger group than is sometimes heard, which is pure bliss - here it is accompanied by piano 4 hands, and the textures are totally seductive and amazingly clear. Schubert's Divertissement a la hongroise opens this fourth disc with great soul and tenderness, while it is rounded off by the light hijinks of Milhaud's Scaramouche - altogether this last disc is certainly an original combination of works (Stravinsky's Les Noces is the fourth item, where she is one in a line-up of four pianists accompanying a solo group of vocalists and chorus, and very celebratory and rustic it sounds too!). Most buyers, however, will probably want it for the concertos themselves, and I can't imagine more thrilling performances than these of all of them. The Liszt is her first recording of it since her trailblazing account with Abbado in the sixties, but this one seems more exciting - it is absolutely edge-of-your-seat stuff, with Argerich fully realising the expressive potential of every phrase and moulding the sound like plasticine, only to shoot off like a toy shotgun and leave the orchestra scampering to keep up. This performance, and the Prokofiev 3, are for me the highlights - it is pianism of incredible colour and lustre, and delivered with a unique sense of the moment which is what makes her such a superb pianist, that, and her ability to play so accurately at such speed. The Beethoven concertos (1 and 2) took me back to her recording of them with Giuseppe Sinopoli back in about 1984. Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing - lousy packaging 6 Jan 2013
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I have just received a copy of the Lugano concertos which is a compilation of Martha Argerich in concert at her Swiss festival at Lugano. Although most people will have at least some of these recordings this set is well worth getting for the fabulous playing of Argerich live. The orchestral playing is a bit routine but this is more than made up for by the sparkling piano playing. The concertos are really do crackle with energy and fizz. The concertos include Beethoven one and two, Liszt 1, Schumann, Bartok 3 and Prokofiev 1&3. There is also a great performance of the Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and Mozart triple concerto. The fourth disc is interesting as it features works by Schubert, Brahms, Stravinsky and Milhaud.
The playing is really first-class - something I cannot say for the packaging which is absolutely terrible. It is supposed to be a limited edition Deluxe set but it looks as though it has been designed by some trendy person who does not collect CDs themselves. Instead of a box we have a 8 x 5 book in a slipcase which is extremely inconvenient as it does not fit onto a CD shelf in any way. The book is beautifully printed but has an absolutely lousy essay which gives no thoughts to the performers or the music. There are also no texts or translations for the vocal numbers which are included in the set. It is all very annoying but I would still recommend these discs wholeheartedly for the music on them. Argerich is fab!
So five stars is for the music on the discs. Pity about the packaging!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Aug 2014
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perfict performance and very good sound recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLOSE TO ESSENTIAL COLLECTION FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN PIANO MUSIC 15 Jun 2013
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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These performances all feature the renowned Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich. Though it's difficult to realize, she is now 72. She won her first international competitions at the age of sixteen and has risen steadily in reputation since then. A brilliant pianist, known for her ability to convey emotion and lyricism in her playing, at times at the cost of strict textual accuracy, her performances sing, reminding the listener that one, though not the only, source of most classical composed music (and especially composed music before atonalism) is song.

Argerich has long favored collaborative over solo performances. She has remarked in interviews that she feels "lonely" performing alone on stage. Since 2002, she has performed annually at the Lugano Festival, in Lugano, Switzerland, performing with other pianists and artists and a number of conductors and orchestras. These recordings capture her performances there between the years 2004 and 2010. Age has not tamed her soul or dulled her talents. She remains one of the greatest artists of our time. (Anyone in doubt of her ability should listen to her 1982 recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 3, with the Radio Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. It's a killer.)

As a performer, Argerich is known to be generous. She has stated that she especially enjoys working with young artists. These recordings show it: on a number of the cuts, she plays piano duo, trio and quarteto, with younger pianists like Venezuelan Gabriela Montera (now 43), Belgian (but of Polish-Indian parentage) Alexander Gurning (40), and Austrian Rico Guida (the 45-year-old son of pianist Friedrich Gulda) among others, eight in all. One of the pleasures of these recordings, which capture concert performances from 2004 to 2010, is the excitement that these collaborations stir in soloists and orchestras alike.

These four CDs offer a diverse and satisfying selection of pieces and composers, dating back to Mozart and forward to Poulenc, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Milhaud. Argerich performs solo with orchestra on pieces by Beethoven (Piano Concertos no. 1 and no. 2), Schumann (Piano Concerto in A minor), Prokofiev (Piano Concertos no. 1 and no. 3), Liszt (Piano Concerto no. 1), Bartok (Piano Concerto no. 3); in duet on a lovely Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor (a piece I'd not heard before and one of my favorites on the album), a Mozart Andante and Five Variations in G Major and Schubert's Divertissement a la hongroise in G minor, behind a chorus on eighteen Liebeslieder (op. 52) by Brahms, and the Scaramouche suite by Darius Milhaud; in trio on Mozart's Concerto for Three Pianos in F major; and in quartet and with orchestra behind singers in scenes from Stravinsky's jagged and modernist ballet, Les Noces.

It's a formidable program, listened to en masse. Certainly, any listener will have favorites, but all are performed beautifully, which is to say with and appropriate level of passion and joy in performing. These performances remind you how good really well performed music can be, how it can lift you out of your own concerns into a world of pure enjoyment. Do I have favorites? Yes, of course. She does Beethoven as well as anyone alive. Ditto Schumann and Liszt. The Poulenc piece was a surprise to me: bookend movements are spiky and lively. They are modern in all that meant to a French composer writing at the start of the 1930s. (The concerto was completed in 1932.) In the middle is the Larghetto, which, despite occasional modern voicings, sounds oh so French and lyrical in a tradition stretching well back into the nineteenth century and extending to Poulenc's day -this movement, and indeed the whole piece, fits well with Fre3nch composed music from Faure on and certainly Debussy and Ravel. Of course, I like her Prokofiev! And I have a particular fondness for the Bartok concerto (no. 3) -it's my favorite of his piano concertos, and she performs it well. The pieces that don't move me as well -the Brahms lieder, the Stravinsky ballet - I know will grow on me as I listen to them. Hey! If they're good enough for Martha Argerich, they're good enough for me!

In short, this collection comes close to being indispensable to the serious lover of classical piano music. You may have other recordings of individual concerti, and may prefer other pianists' renditions of them, but the variety and sheer mass of this collection, and her willingness to stretch herself musically, make it a highly desirable buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something new, something old, but all of it makes for wonderful listening 31 Oct 2012
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It's been years since Martha Argerich gave up solo recitals. That loss has been offset by one great gain. Her summer festival in Lugano, called Progetto Argerich, has yielded hours of chamber music played at the highest level of musicianship, released in bargain box sets by EMI. That label has also focused on the pianist's other great love, duo piano music. We have hours of that, too. Which leaves the other form she continues to allow herself, the concerto.

DG's new release concentrates on concertos, as the title says, but there are a few strays, and they are among the most welcome things: they include Stravinsky's 'Les Noces,' where Argerich is one of four pianists,\; Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzes, where she is the second of two pianists (I am guessing from the photo included here) and one of Schubert's four-hand masterpieces, the Divertissement a la Hongroise D. 818, a sizable work at 23 min. (it's finale is the beloved Hungarian Melody that is often done separately). All of these new things are superbly performed, reminding me of how Argerich galvanizes everyone around her. If you think of the Brahms as a rather sleepy piece of Victorian romance, this passionate, alert reading will change your mind.

Argerich performs a small handful of concertos at this point, so there are duplications and triplications of works that will be very familiar to her fans: the Beethoven concertos no. 1 and no. 2, the Prokofiev concertos no. 1 and no. 3, the Schumann, and the Liszt no. 1. Happily, she returns to these works with ever renewed vigor and urgency. The Schumann and Liszt are particularly riveting. So is the first Beethoven, done with great freshness and brio. One new item isn't outstanding, much as I anticipated it. Argerich's Bartok Third lacks personality and is at times even cautious, perhaps in deference to a lackluster conductor and less than fine orchestra.

The orchestra in question is the same throughout, the Swiss-Italian Orch., which began as the region's radio orchestra but is now only half subsidized, the rest of its support coming privately. Half a dozen conductors are involved, but the only one known to me is Charles Dutoit, the pianist's ex-husband and one of her favorite accompanists. Perhaps that's because he can adapt to the way she takes charge and runs with her interpretation - there's never a question of any conductor leading her. The playing is good enough, failing only in the difficulties of the Bartok and Prokofiev no. 3.

As for the sonics, they are variable, as you'd expect with recordings spanning from 2004 to 2010 (the vast majority cluster near the beginning of this period), but it's never less than good, and at times there is no difference from studio sound. DG has devised a premium package that doesn't fit on to normal CD shelves, and there was no reason for it, since the enclosed booklet is a short puff piece in four languages. It's uncertain whether any of these disc will appear as singles - I doubt it - so it's good to take advantage of the low price. Even given roughly two discs of duplications, the rest makes for wonderful listening - the whole set is worth every penny. Argerich has been making records for half a century, and if anything her powers have increased.

Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Gabriel Chmura

Brahms:

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

with Gabriela Montero (piano)

Coro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana, Diego Fasolis

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Ion Marin

Milhaud:

Scaramouche, suite for two pianos, Op. 165b

with Karin Merle (piano)

Mozart:

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242

with Paul Gulda & Rico Gulda (piano)

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

with Akane Sakai (piano)

Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

with Alexander Gurning (piano)

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Erasmo Capilla

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Charles Dutoit

Schubert:

Divertissement à la Hongroise D818

with Alexander Mogilevsky (piano)

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Stravinsky:

Les Noces

Susan Roberts, Helene Schneidermann, Daniel Norman, Carsten Wittmoser, Martha Argerich, Yulia Zaichkina, Alexander Mogilevsky & Alexander Gurning

Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lugano & Lugano Percussion Group, Diego Fasolis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling accounts by Martha Argerich 3 Feb 2013
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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That wonderful annual summer festival in Lugano titled "Progetto Martha Argerich", displays the great Argentine pianist in her full range of musical facets along with her (famous or not) musical friends. On those occasions, Martha Argerich plays not only chamber jewels (or very seldom, solo works), but also some concertos old and new to her repertoire.

Deutsche Grammophon label issued recently a special 4-CD box comprising some of Argerich's recent accounts captured live in Lugano. I think, in musical terms they are not the fruit of any revisions or critical pronouncements with regard to her older recorded visions. Argerich simply is fond of offering us her immense joy of playing dear concertos to her as Prokofiev (1 and 3), Schumann's A minor, Liszt (1) or Beethoven (1 and 2) could be well considered, in the thrilling atmosphere of her Lugano festival, along with the inspirationally supportive Orchestra dela Swizzera Italiana (led by renowned maestros - Charle Dutoit, Ion Marin, Gabriel Chmura, Alexander Vedernikov, Diego Fassolis). It is thus a complementary, not a contradictory attempt by Argerich to testify once more her affinity with this repertory in which her gifts shine miraculously and captivate the audience in a definitive manner.

In addition, there are - to the best of my knowledge - some premiers in her recordings catalogue (Poulenc -Concerto for two pianos, Mozart - Triple concerto) featuring on this coffret. They are played with that pathos and fondness of having on the stage, close to her, akin colleagues such as Alexander Gurning, Paul & Rico Gulda at the partner keyboards or Alexander Rabinovitch Barakovsky and Erasmo Capilla at the helm of the orchestra.

To round off the offer, Martha Argerich included some chamber gems too. One will not be surprised to find out here the famous Milhaud's "Scaramouche" (with Argerich & Karin Merle) in a sparkling rendition, Stravinsky's "Les Noces" or the lively Dibertissement a la hungroise by Schubert (with Argerich & Alexander Mogilevsky).

All in all, an enthralling release by Martha Argerich fittingly celebrated on her recent 70th anniversary. A recorded memento to be cherished by her world-wide aficionados!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Argerich "Take" on the Piano Concerto/Combo Repetoire 19 Feb 2013
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The energy (i.e., tempos) crackles pretty much throughout the album. One may have multiple versions of these concertos in their libraries, including Argerich's definitive studio versions of the Schumann or the Prokofiev, but in living presence, these versions are distinctive and worth acquiring.

I bought the set especially after hearing the Poulenc and the Schubert duo-piano on Rhapsody. Indeed, the Bartok and the Stravinsky performances are a bit underwhelming but these are only minor missteps in an ultimately bountiful set of live readings. Worth the trouble.
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Argerich is a great pianist 8 Sep 2013
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Martha Argerich: Lugano Concertos

I am new to Ms. Argerich but I will now explore her discography fully. This is a 4 CD album and the breadth and depth of her musicianship is fully reflected in the diversity of the selections. I listened to all 4 CD's in one setting. I am eager to listen to more. This was a great introduction to her music making.
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