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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine music making compromised by a stereo only recording
Martha Argerich is widely respected as one of the world's finest pianists. Her recordings are much sought after especially as she has been so long reluctant to enter recording studios, much preferring to be recorded 'live' at a very few concerts - usually in the company of friends. These recordings from Verbier in 2009 and 2010 are therefore examples of very few such...
Published on 28 April 2012 by I. Giles

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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only STEREO
For multichannel lovers, pay attention, this blu-ray is only PCM 2.0 !
It's not acceptable for a modern blu-ray recording !
Published on 29 Jun 2011 by William


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine music making compromised by a stereo only recording, 28 April 2012
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Martha Argerich is widely respected as one of the world's finest pianists. Her recordings are much sought after especially as she has been so long reluctant to enter recording studios, much preferring to be recorded 'live' at a very few concerts - usually in the company of friends. These recordings from Verbier in 2009 and 2010 are therefore examples of very few such events and inevitably will be of great interest to many collectors.

Argerich has a considerable reputation as a fine Beethoven pianist and on this occasion she does not disappoint. This performance of one of Beethoven's earlier concertos has considerable sparkle throughout based on her usual tight control of rhythm modified by the variations of touch and phrasing that are her hallmarks. The scale of the performance is correctly kept within the emotional range of the compositional period. An exquisite performance of a Scarlatti sonata is added as an encore to the delight of the enthusiastic audience.

Much the same can be said of her interpretation of Shostakovich's first piano concerto which, unusually, also features a solo trumpet role. Shostakovich wrote his two piano concertos with less technical demands for the pianist to make them easier to perform. This in no way diminishes their respective enjoyment for the audience and in the first concerto as performed here there is the added interest of the solo trumpet part to savour. The two instruments maintain a dialogue throughout, the trumpet being muted in the central slow movement and then, in the last movement, introducing a melody strongly reminiscent of `When Jenny lies a-sleeping'. The whole piece finishes with a series of fanfare-like flourishes in a typical trumpet idiom. For this highly melodic and witty concerto Argerich is joined by the French trumpeter David Guerrier.

The disc is rounded off with a crisp and enjoyable performance of Bizet's youthful symphony in C which nicely illustrates the high standards of this youthful festival orchestra under the leadership of conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy.

This is a very enjoyable disc which will be much sought-after by legions of Argerich supporters. However, there is one flaw which will no doubt raise considerable frustration and justifiable irritation. As is so often the case at Verbier, the concert has been recorded in stereo only and this needs to be seen as an extraordinary recording decision bearing in mind the critical standing of Argerich coupled with the relative rarity of her recordings.

Many will see this as a considerable error when the disc is marketed as a premium price Blu-ray and therefore supposedly at the cutting edge of recording technology. The stereo is of good quality and the actual imaging and camera work is fine but this is scant compensation for such a situation. For this reason and for this reason alone, a reduction of one star to four stars is a necessary adjustment and a fair comment. Producers of future recordings at Verbier should take note. This error is both a great shame and a dreadful lost opportunity which should not be repeated.
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only STEREO, 29 Jun 2011
For multichannel lovers, pay attention, this blu-ray is only PCM 2.0 !
It's not acceptable for a modern blu-ray recording !
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