For the seventh Lugano Festival, legendary pianist Martha Argerich continues her commitment to showcasing young new talent and exploring lesser-known composers and works. Joining Argerich are frequent collaborators such as Renaud Capuçon, Mischa Maisky, Stephen Kovacevich, while this year also features new faces like Lilya Zilberstein, Alissa Margulis, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, and more!
In keeping with the adventurous programming, this set features lesser-known Russian composer Anton Arensky's deeply romantic piano quintet and famed pianist Mikhail Pletnev's Fantasia Elvetica (Swiss Fantasy), as well as chamber works by Piazzola, Janác¡ek, Ravel, Shostakovich, and others. There are also a number of infrequently-played works from staple composers like Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Rachmaninov.
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First off, the quoted review from the Guardian is a little misleading. Martha Argerich's participation in the latest installment of summer music from the Lugano Festival isn't significantly greater than in the previous six installments. Moreover, she continues to favor four-hand and two-piano music, much of it transcriptions. This oddity has characterized every one of these excellent chamber music collections. Their level of musicianship remains so high that one can't complain. Still, I doubt that the rest of the world adores two-piano music to the same extent. To add to my annoyance, half of the two-piano works don't even feature Argerich.
Before I add any other comments, here's the complete program for these three generously filled mid-priced CDs:
Arensky: Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 51
Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Mark Drobinsky (cello)
I browsed the CD racks and found this recording by surprise. More to my surprise, it features some transcriptions, contemporary composers whom I love, like Piazzolla and Janacek. I love the whole recording, esp. I am a pianist who does solo, 4 hand, and 2 piano repertoire. I just wish I could get my hands on those beautifully transcribed works!!! Where can I find them??? Any tips? BTW, I highly recommend this set. Martha is still as awsome as whole time!!!
As usually in the last summers, Martha Argerich gathers her musical friends in Lugano (Switzerland) to perform for three weeks under the title "Progetto Martha Argerich". Celebrities and new-comers share the stage and deliver actually moments of great music.
Iin partnership with EMI Classics, the most ardent moments of the festival are issued in a 3-CD box set. A lot of musical fireworks, rarities and celebrated gems flow from the Swiss stage. Along with Argerich herself (who plays at least half of the recording time in this set) are featured consummate artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Renaud Capucon, Lilya Zilberstein or Mischa Maisky and a plethora of young names.
Among highlights of this edition I would note firts the sparkling "Fantasia elvetica" for two pianos and orchestra by Mikhail Pletnev (who conducted Orchestra della Swizzera Italiana with Martha Argerich and Alexander Mogilevsky as soloists). Te chamber section is represented by the exotic "Tre...
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