Martha Argerich & Friends

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COMPOSERS: Bacalov,Bartok,Brahms,Debussy,Ginastera,Glass,Poulenc,Ries,Schubert,Schumann,Turina
LABELS: Warner
ALBUM TITLE: Martha Argerich & Friends
WORKS: Live from the Lugano Festival 2015: works by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Ries, Turina, Bartók, Debussy, Bacalov, Poulenc, Glass and Ginastera
PERFORMER: Paul Meyer (clarinet), Ilya Gringolts, Géza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Nathan Braude (viola), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich, Sergio Tiempo, Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilevsky, Eduardo Hubert, Nicholas Angelich (piano) et al
CATALOGUE NO: 2564628549  


Martha Argerich’s annual Lugano Festival has inspired a series of recordings that, far from being mere musical mementos, are full of interest. Argerich’s natural flair, almost playful technical ease and spontaneity can sometimes get the better of her, but in imposingly engineered performances of Schumann’s Six Canonic Etudes (with Lilya Zilberstein), Schubert’s D813 Variations (with Alexander Mogilevsky), Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances (with violinist Géza Hosszu-Legocky), Debussy’s En blanc et noir (with Stephen Kovacevich) and Luis Bacalov’s recent Porteña for two pianos and orchestra (with Eduardo Hubert), she sounds completely immersed in each work’s unique emotional and sound world. 

The viola version of Brahms’s Horn Trio (Nathan Braude, Ilya Gringolts, Alexander Mogilevsky) takes some psychological adjustment (boosting the viola image a little would have helped), although there is no denying the dramatic sweep and impassioned eloquence of the performance. The Clarinet Trio is a more elusive, autumnal work and here the all-star team of Paul Meyer, Gautier Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich are perhaps a shade too bold at times for music of such a deeply personal, internalised nature. The sense of concert-hall rather than chamber-room projection is also unmistakable in Ferdinand Ries’s Op. 74 Piano Quintet (led by Zilberstein) and Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 (played by the Margulis siblings, Alissa, Natalia and Jura), although the performances are in every other respect compelling. Rounding things out in style are skilful three-piano arrangements of Glass (Les enfants terribles suite) and Ginastera (Estancia extracts) played with considerable panache by Giorgia Tomassi, Carlo Maria Griguoli and Alessandro Stella.


Julian Haylock