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Martha Argerich: Live at Verbier Festival, 2007-2008 [DVD] [2009]


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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Medici Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JP9HOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,183 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martha Argerich - Live At Verbier Festival 2007

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George A. Nott on 5 Dec 2009
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This release from Verbier gives us once again first class performances
of a very mixed musical programme.The fact that Miss Argerich promotes
young artists-all of a very high calibre-is admirable.
The great pity is that so few of her world-wide Concert performances are
committed to DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Mar 2012
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This is a compilation of complete items from the 2007-2008 Verbier Festival seasons. All the items feature Martha Argerich either on her own or playing with colleagues.

The disc starts with Bach's Partita No. 2 played by Argerich in typical crisp and tightly controlled manner. Although played on a piano and not an earlier keyboard instrument, her playing style suits this music very well and is completely satisfying.

She is then joined by Steven Kovacevich for a performance of Mozart's short Andante and 5 Variations for piano duet which once again, is despatched with a crisp, rhythmical style and exuding plenty of energy.
The Grieg Cello Sonata comes next and this receives a particularly passionate performance by Mischa Maisky who is one of Argerich's very regular chamber music colleagues. The benefits of their long musical partnership is evident throughout this major, but rarely performed work, as the romantically fluctuating pulses and phrasing shared by the two is as if by one single mind. This is a very fine and involving performance indeed.

A fine performance of Bartok's Violin Sonata follows with Renaud Capucon totally on top of the considerable technical and musical demands of the piece. This is the hardest item on the disc to appreciate from my point of view.

Not so the following Lutoslawski's Variations on a theme of Paganini. This is a staple favourite of Argerich and this is now my 3rd copy of her playing it. Both Argerich and Gabriela Montero throw off its pianistic challenges with apparent ease. This is a really fun piece to listen to and for those who don't know it I would recommend it most strongly. This is modern music exploring all the possibilities of two pianos at its very finest and is wonderfully inventive.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Martha Argerich and Friends at Verbier in 2007 & 2008 20 Sep 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
The Verbier Festival, in Switzerland, is an annual gathering of some of the biggest names in classical music. There is a good deal of chamber music featuring these musicians who come together to make music with each other. The 2010 Verbier Festival will take place from 16 July to 1 August and will once again reunite the biggest names in classical music. It is webcast on [...] and is something to make a note of in your calendar for next year.

This DVD features one of the leading lights at Verbier, the luminous pianist Martha Argerich in appearances recorded live at the 2007 and 2008 Festivals. As Amazon has not yet printed the program on this DVD, I shall do so:

Bach: Partita No. 2 (Argerich)
Mozart: Andante and Five Variations in G Major, K.501 (Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich, piano four hands)
Grieg: Cello Sonata, Op. 36 (Argerich and Mischa Maisky)
Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz75 (Argerich and Renaud Capuçon)
Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini (Argerich and Gabriela Montero, two pianos)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (Argerich, Joshua Bell and Henning Kraggerud, violins, Yuri Bashmet, viola, and Mischa Maisky, cello)

Starry line-up, no?

I'd never heard the Mozart four-hand piece and was utterly charmed by it. It's no masterpiece, but Argerich and Kovacevich very nearly make one think it is. Nor was I all that familiar with the Grieg Cello Sonata. I tend to think of Grieg as a composer mostly of intimate pieces, but this cello sonata, especially as played by the intense cellist Maisky and even hotter pianist Argerich, comes across as an extrovert romantic masterpiece. Its outer movements are hell-bent-for-leather, its middle movement a lyrical island of beautiful serenity. No one could accuse Bartók's First Violin Sonata of being serene, but it's a beauty nonetheless and Capuçon and Argerich play it magnificently. Capuçon, perhaps not as well known as some virtuoso violinists, is a young musician on the rise internationally. Lutoslawski's well-known Paganini Variations for two pianos team Argerich with another rising musician, the Venezuelan Gabriela Montero, another of the products of that country's program for developing young musicians, El Sistema. She is perhaps best-known for asking her recital audiences to provide a theme on which she then improvises. She and Argerich (playing secundo) make a blockbuster team.

The finale of this DVD is a masterful performance of Shostakovich's Piano Quintet. Again, the musicians are all-stars. The Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is perhaps not as well known as his colleagues but he's the real deal. This is a performance that is intense yet lyrical and melodic.

Running time: 125mins; Format: 16:9; Sound: PCM Stereo; Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Scott Morrison
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
From Bach to Shostakovich 15 Oct 2009
By Zarathustra - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful performance with pianist Martha Argerich and friends from two Verbier Festivals with 125 minutes of music from six composers. You can't go wrong with this one.
I refer you to J. Scott Morrison's excellent review for more details of this DVD, mastered in 1080 HD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very fine compilation but only in stereo 9 July 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This is a compilation of complete items from the 2007-2008 Verbier Festival seasons. All the items feature Martha Argerich either on her own or playing with colleagues.

The disc starts with Bach's Partita No. 2 played by Argerich in typical crisp and tightly controlled manner. Although played on a piano and not an earlier keyboard instrument, her playing style suits this music very well and is completely satisfying.

She is then joined by Steven Kovacevich for a performance of Mozart's short Andante and 5 Variations for piano duet which once again, is despatched with a crisp, rhythmical style and exuding plenty of energy.
The Grieg Cello Sonata comes next and this receives a particularly passionate performance by Mischa Maisky who is one of Argerich's very regular chamber music colleagues. The benefits of their long musical partnership is evident throughout this major, but rarely performed work, as the romantically fluctuating pulses and phrasing shared by the two is as if by one single mind. This is a very fine and involving performance indeed.

A fine performance of Bartok's Violin Sonata follows with Renaud Capucon totally on top of the considerable technical and musical demands of the piece. This is the hardest item on the disc to appreciate from my point of view.

Not so the following Lutoslawski's Variations on a theme of Paganini. This is a staple favourite of Argerich and this is now my 3rd copy of her playing it. Both Argerich and Gabriela Montero throw off its pianistic challenges with apparent ease. This is a really fun piece to listen to and for those who don't know it I would recommend it most strongly. This is modern music exploring all the possibilities of two pianos at its very finest and is wonderfully inventive.

The last item on the disc is a major chamber work by Shostakovich - his Piano Quintet. For this Argerich is joined by Joshua Bell, Henning Kraggerud, Yuri Bashmet and Mischa Maiski. This starry cast produces a committed and finely involving performance of the work.

The musical credentials of this disc are high therefore. The 16:9 imaging is good with clear and detailed camera work. The sound is below modern standards however and is available in good stereo only. The lack of surround sound options is a regular failing in recordings from the Verbier Festival and it is a matter that should be addressed and corrected. For this error I have deducted one star giving an overall rating of 4 stars.
A true gem. 19 April 2013
By Christopher Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Watching Martha Argerich play adds an extra dimension to her performance. This is especially true in the duet. You don't get the full scope of the performace on CD. It's worth the price.
Bach/Mozart/Grieg/Bartok - A good team. 31 Jan 2013
By Paulo R. S. Pereia - Published on Amazon.com
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Martha Argerich Live at Verbier Festival is very good. She plays piano as good as her friend Nelson Freire. I'm sure you'll like it.
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