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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
My main reason for buying this inexpensive set was the amazing performance of the Prokofiev violin sonata that opens disc 3. IMHO, of the greatest performances of ANYTHING I've ever heard. However, last night I took the set round to a friend and we ended up listening to the whole lot!

The performances are superb and the presence of the audience gives an added frisson that I very much doubt could be replicated in a studio. (Applause is included which, for this listener, was no problem since I often wanted to join in!)
The recorded sound is superb with clarity being to the fore.

Highlights? Well, all of it really. As mentioned by another reviewer, the Mozart concerto is wonderful and the Smetana 'Sonata' (4 pianos, 8 hands!) is a glorious piece of fun.

This set has made me keen to check out Argerich's other sets.

Roll on payday!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2013
I have long been a fan, but hearing her live is something I can only remember twice - once in a Lucerne festival after her recovery from cancer. This set of records is almost a souvenir of that experience, but the variety of music and the freshness of her younger friends all make for happy listening.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2013
This is a wonderful production, the soloists are a wonderful collection of virtuosi [ including several from the Maiski family and Argerich's violist daughter]. Argerich's own performance is stupendous, especially her rendition of the Mozart concerto No 25 in C. A splendid collection and well worth having..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
Martha Argerich is well known for supporting her younger musician friends at her annual festival in Lugano. 2012 was another excellent year and the mesmeric playing of Argerich and her fellow musicians is again from the top drawer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
Argerich's Lugano recordings are legendary and this one is another outstanding collection by the pianist and her friends. Can just be listened to over Andover again. Outstanding!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
This record is pure pleasure, set of marvelous performances of fine and in some cases little known pieces. The multi-hand pieces like the Smetana are particularly interesting
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
A delightful album that includes little known chamber music played with verve. I shall probably buy others in the annual series
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on 17 August 2014
very good.
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