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5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich and a constellation of musicians live from Lugano 2013, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: Martha Argerich & Friends Live At The Lugano Festival 2013 (Audio CD)
The three-disc, three hour duration, compilation comprise highlights from the twelfth 'Progetto' (music festival) Martha Argerich. The specific Progetto took place during June and early July 2013 in Lugano and included a total of sixteen concerts. The aims of the Progetto since 2004 remain the same: to invite the most promising young musicians to take part in recitals, chamber and orchestral concerts and masterclasses with their older peers, under the aegis, involvement, and participation of Martha Argerich.

The totality of the nine works present in the compilation by great or distinguished composers namely Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Shostakovich, Liszt, Offenbach, Camille Saint-Saens, and Ottorino Respighi are exercises in excellence in music quality and rendition while they impact on you a feeling of invigorating beauty.

Martha Argerich participates in four works:

We listen to her in a truly stellar rendition in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto; a magnificent performance of Beethoven's second cello sonata along with her long-standing artistic partner, cellist Mischa Maisky; an inspiring performance in Debussy's Petite Suite for four-hands with Romanian pianist Cristina Marton; and finally in a constellation of ten artists in Camille Saint-Saens highly entertaining and varied, Carnival of the Animals.

Two violin sonatas grace the compilation; one each by Ravel and Respighi. The Ravel is performed by the impressively talented Andrey Baranov (winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2012) who delivers a compelling rendition ably accompanied by the pianist Jura Margulis. The Respighi which possesses a fecundity of melody and a seriousness of intent is beautifully performed by violinist Renaud Capucon and the Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi.

I shall conclude the review with Carlo Maria Griguoli's exuberant three-piano arrangement of Offenbach's Gaite parisienne performed with supreme verve by Griguoli joined by Giorgia Tomassi and Allessandro Stella.

A three-disc compilation to grace your collection.
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