Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016 | Warner 9029583165

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029583165

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 1st September 2017



The annual Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival, is well-established as one of the world’s most important music festivals. The latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival, this is the 14th annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well-known and rarely heard.
The 15th annual festival, which ran from 7-30 June 2016, featured international soloists such as Nicholas Angelich, Stephen Kovacevich, and Renaud Capuçon as well as many of her young protégés, including Karin Lechner and Sergio Tiempo, and her daughter Lyda Chen.  The festival also celebrated the occasion of Martha’s 75th birthday, and she features on many of the performances on this highlights collection, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.


- Gaspard de la nuit
- Martha Argerich (piano)

Busoni - Violin Concerto in D major, op.35a, BV 243
- Renaud Capuçon (violin)
- Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
- Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

Mozart - Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K448/375a
- Martha Argerich (piano)
- Sergey Babayan (piano)

Falla - Two Spanish Dances from La vida breve
- Sergio Tiempo (piano)
- Karin Lechner (piano)

- Piano Concerto in G major
- Martha Argerich (piano)
- Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
- Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)

Beethoven - Choral Fantasy, op.80            
- Martha Argerich (piano)
Vocal soloists:
- Laura Antonaz
- Alice Rossi
- Martha Fumagalli
- Elisabeth Gillming
- Martin Steffan
- Gerhard Nennemann
- Matteo Bellotto
- Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera
- Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
- Diego Fasolis (conductor)

Brahms - Horn Trio in E flat, op.40
- Nicolas Angelich (piano)
- Renaud Capuçon (violin)
- David Guerrier (horn)

- Kammerkonzert for piano, violin and 13 winds instruments
- Nicholas Angelich (pianoforte)
- Renaud Capuçon (violino)
Other performers:
- Bruno Grossi
- Maurizio Simeoli
- Paolo Beltramini
- Corrado Giuffredi
- Stefano Franceschini
- Marco Schiavon
- Federico Cicoria
- Alberto Biano
- Stefano Semprini
- Ricardo Serrano
- Vittorio Ferrari
- Ivano Buat
- Floriano Rosini
- Elena Schwarz (conductor)

JS Bach - Violin Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017
- Tedi Papavrami (violin)
- Martha Argerich (piano)

Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (transcr. for two pianos by the composer)
- Stephen Kovacevich (piano)
- Martha Argerich (piano)

Marcelo Nisinman - Hombre Tango
Ensemble ReEncuentros:
- Eduardo Hubert (piano)
- Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneon)
- Anton Martynov (violin)
- Lyda Chen (viola)
- Jorge Bosso (cello)
- Enrico Fagone (double bass)


Appropriately for this final compilation, however, Argerich does feature prominently throughout the set. It opens with something that has been a real rarity for more than 30 years: her giving a solo performance of one of the pinnacles of the 20th-century piano repertoire. She recorded Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit in the studio in the 1970s, and hearing her play it 40 years later with the same dazzling security and clarity is an extraordinary privilege. ... There are other treats, notably a wonderfully warm account of Brahms’ Horn Trio, played by David Guerrier, Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich, and a feisty, muscular one of Berg’s Chamber Concerto with Capuçon and Angelich as the soloists. But there is no doubting who the set is really all about.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 8 September 2017

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