works by Bart—k, Dohn‡nyi, Lustoslawski, Beethoven, Ravel, Glinka, Messaien, Busoni and Schumann.

COMPOSERS: Beethoven,Busoni and Schumann.,Dohnanyi,Glinka,Lustoslawski,Messaien,Ravel,works by Bartók
LABELS: EMI
ALBUM TITLE: Martha Argerich & Friends
WORKS: works live from the Lugano festival 2007
PERFORMER: Marth Argerich (piano); Renaud Capuçon, Alissa Margulis (violin), Lida Chen (viola), Mischa Maisky (cello), Lilya Zilberstein, Gabriela Montero, Aexander Mogilevsky (piano) etc
CATALOGUE NO: 518 3332
This three-disc set features some superlative music making from Martha Argerich herself, and indeed from the classy lineup of colleagues around her, totally avoiding any sense of self-admiring musical love-in between the performers. In Bartók’s First Violin Sonata, Argerich and Renaud Capucon achieve something exceptional: the central Adagio‘s huge, brooding lyrical paragraphs generate a pin-dropping level of intensity , and the lustrous firepower of Capucon’s violin-playing is remarkable in itself. Argerich’s only solo contribution, Schumann’s Kinderszenen, has some special moments too. The freedom of phrasing and rhythm in ‘Traumerei’ of ‘Fast zu ernst’ might have sounded too sophisticated and too lax coming from another pianist: from Argerich. it convinces. What isn’t there, perhaps, is the guileless simplicity needed in ‘Kind im Eishlummern.’ Argerich, Renaud Capucon and Mischa Maisky offer an accound of Beethoven’s ghost piano trio (Op.70, No.1) which will be too turbocharged for some tastes, but impresses powerfully for all that. An early Beethoven Piano Quartet in D major (WoO.36, No.2), with pianist Karin Lechner, is graced by beautiful violin playing from Alissa Margulis. Authentic festival fun-pieces include Lucien Garban’s two-piano transcription of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Second Suite, its final ‘Bachannale’ delivered at full tilt by Lechnerand Sergio Tiempo. And among welcome rarities are Schumann’s two piano Andante and Variations Op.46, performed by Argerich and Gabriela Montero, and Glinka’s characterful and inventive Grand sextet for piano quintet with double bass, with Alexander Mogilevsk at the keyboard. A set that will appeal to Argerich fans, and well beyond.

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