Piano Duos

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Piano Duos
Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim (pianos)

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 27 October 2014

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A magic moment in the history of classical music: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim - both from Buenos Aires - team up for a duo recital at Berlin's Philharmonie.

A reunion of the two classical superstars after more than 15 years.

THE concert highlight from Berlin's fully packed Philharmonie on the occasion of the "Festtage der Berliner Staatsoper 2014"

"Stravinsky originally wrote the Rite of Spring in a two-piano version and one of the first performances was given privately by the composer and Claude Debussy. […] Argerich and Barenboim […] surely possessed even better technique than Stravinsky and Debussy and their commitment could hardly be exaggerated". (The Guardian)


"Barenboim's instinct is to sing out, to play to the very back of the hall...[Argerich] acts in a way as a moderating influence on Barenboim's flights, thanks surely in part to her years of experience as a chamber musician...These two-piano bodges always draw from critics the cliche that one misses the orchestral colouring of the work...This shattering performance sweeps away all such notions." (Gramophone)

"If The Rite of Spring is now so familiar that it has lost its notorious shock value, listen to this performance of Stravinsky's four-hand arrangement, recorded live in Berlin in April. The very absence of the music's spectacular orchestral colours brings out the audacity and violence of its assault on traditional harmony and rhythm." (Sunday Times)


Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

The Rite of Spring
Version For Two Pianos

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