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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00180JGSI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos): I. Ouverture miniatureMartha Argerich/Mirabela Dina 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), II. Danses caractérisque: MarcheMartha Argerich/Mirabela Dina 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), II. Danses caractérisque: Danse de la Fée DragéeMartha Argerich/Mirabela Dina 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques - Danse russe - TrépakMartha Argerich 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques -Martha Argerich 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques - Danse ChinoiseMartha Argerich0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos), Op. 71a: II. Danses caractéristiques - Danse des mirlitonsMartha Argerich 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Nutcracker, Suite from the Ballet (for two pianos): III. Danse des FleursMartha Argerich/Mirabela Dina 7:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite No. 2 for 2 Pianos, Op. 17: I. Introduction (Alla marcia) in C MajorMartha Argerich 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: II. Valse (Presto) in G MajorMartha Argerich 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: III. Romance (Andantino) in A-Flat MajorMartha Argerich 6:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite for 2 Pianos No. 2, Op. 17: IV. Tarentelle (Presto) in C MinorMartha Argerich 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 1 Barcarolle in G MinorMartha Argerich 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 2 Scherzo in D MajorMartha Argerich 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 3 Thème russe in B MinorMartha Argerich 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 4 Valse in A MajorMartha Argerich 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 5 Romance in C MinorMartha Argerich 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 6 Morceaux, Op. 11: No. 6 Slava in C MajorMartha Argerich 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Allegro non troppoMartha Argerich/Lilya Zilberstein14:11Album Only
Listen  2. Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Andante, un poco adagioMartha Argerich/Lilya Zilberstein 7:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Scherzo (Allegro)Martha Argerich/Lilya Zilberstein 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos, Op.34b: Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto non troppo)Martha Argerich/Lilya Zilberstein10:17Album Only
Listen  5. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Theme - 'St Anthony Choral'. AndanteMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation I. Andante con motoMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation II. VivaceMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation III. Con motoMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation IV. AndanteMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation V. Poco prestoMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation VI. VivaceMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation VII. GraziosoMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Variations On A Theme By Haydn For 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Variation VIII. Poco PrestoMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Variations on a theme by Haydn for 2 Pianos, Op.56b: Finale. AndanteMartha Argerich/Polina Leschenko 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): I. AllegroMartha Argerich/Yefim Bronfman 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): II. LarghettoMartha Argerich/Yefim Bronfman 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): III. Gavotte. Non troppo AllegroMartha Argerich/Yefim Bronfman 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 "Classical" (for two pianos): Finale. Molto vivaceMartha Argerich/Yefim Bronfman 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Variations on a Theme by Paganini for two pianosMartha Argerich/Giorgia Tomassi 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken Ferguson on 15 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I got this mainly for the Lutoslawski Paganini Variations and was delighted to find that the rest is just stunning. Performances are culled from Lugano Festivals 2003-2006 and are uniformly good. Hugely recommended Brahms pieces on disc 2: Sonata for two pianos is the F minor quintet op.34 arranged by the composer for two pianos, brilliant! Op 56b St Anthony variations likewise. I have other versions of the Rachmaninov suite no. 2 but this has more life and energy. Great stuff!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Virtuosity! 24 Dec. 2008
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This immensely entertaining collection of works for two pianos featuring the inimitable Martha Argerich and friends is a composite recording of works from the Lugano Festivals of 2003 - 2006, and while many collectors may have the annual recordings from these festivals, this particular emphasis on works for two pianos alone is worth adding this affordable CD to the collection.

Not all of the works on this powerful CD (live performances all!) were written for two pianos: the Tchaikovsky Suite from 'The Nutcracker' is a transcription as is the Prokofiev Classical Symphony. For this listener it matters not a bit. In fact the transcription of the Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 by Rikuya Terashima as performed by both Argerich and Yefim Bronfman is for this listener one of the highlights of the album. All of Prokofiev's humor and biting satire are tossed off by these two artists with ease. It is dazzlingly well played! There are a few rarities to enjoy here - the Rachmaninov 'Six Morceaux' for piano four hands (which ends with a tribute to Mussorgsky) and Suite No. 2 for two pianos (with Gabriela Montero) are far too seldom heard.

The Brahms Sonata in F minor for two pianos is monumental and played with passion and precision as is the shorter 'Variations of a them by Haydn: Lilya Zilberstein joins Argerich on the former and Polina Leshenko on the latter. Ending the two disc set is another rarity - Lutoslawski's 'Variations on a theme by Paganini' for two pianos (Giorgio Tomassi seconds here). Though the work is a brief 5 minutes it holds much of the almost orchestral-like coloration of the master's major works.

For those who remain under the spell of Martha Argerich this recording is a treasure. Be aware that the applause from the live audience is recorded also... Grady Harp, December 08
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Argerich persists in her love of two-piano arrangements 14 Nov. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Because of her commadning reputation -- and her refusal to play solo recitals -- Martha Argerich has the clout to revive the genre of two-piano music, with its musty Victorian parlor overtones. She is even eccentric enough to avoid the great music written by Schubert and Mozart for four hands in order to concetrate, for the most part, on arrangements of works like The Nutcracker Suite that are better served by their orchestral originals.

Still, if you are enthusiastic about two-piano music at all, it's hard to argue against Argerich's brilliance. EMI has drawn this bargain two-fer from summer concerts at Lugano, Switzerland (collectors of the 'Martha Argerich and Friends' series that comes out annually will own everything here already, with one or two exceptions). The remake of the Nutcracker isn't quite as delicte and entracing as her DG account, and the Rachmaninov Suite #2 is just as hectic as her first version on Teldec.

For me, the best items are the Brahms, because the composer had a hand in them, and because the Sonata in F minor is a genuine alternative to the familiar Piano Quintet. The Var. on a Theme by Haydn is also sometimes heard outside its well-known orchewtral setting. These two works get inspired performances here. Since they would easily fill a whole CD, one can look on the rest as free fill-ups even if you already own the DG and Teldec versions.

If you missed the product description, here's the whole program:
Brahms: Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b Martha Argerich (piano) & Lilya Zilbertstein (piano) Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op. 56b for 2 Pianos Martha Argerich (piano) & Polina Leschenko (piano) Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini for 2 Pianos Martha Argerich (piano) & Giorgia Tomassi (piano) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical' Transcribed for two pianos by Rikuya Terashima Martha Argerich (piano) & Yefim Bronfman (piano) Rachmaninov: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17 Martha Argerich (piano) & Gabriela Montero (piano) Six Pieces, Op. 11 Six Morceaux for piano four hands Lilya Zilberstein (piano) & Martha Argerich (piano) Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a Transcribed for two pianos by Nicolas Economu Martha Argerich (piano) & Mirabela Dina (piano)
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