Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016
Martha Argerich and Friends

[ Warner Classics / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 22 August 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.

"This is the last of Warner's annual gleanings from the Lugano Festival at which Martha Argerich presides - and definitely the most exciting. She may be 76, but her playing has lost none of its phenomenal precision and brilliance…In Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit Argerich is like a cat, velvet pawed until the moment for a predatory pounce. I have never heard 'Ondine' delivered with such delicate poetry, nor 'Le gibet' with such musing languor." BBC Music Concerto Choice

"[Argerich] 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...and a feisty, muscular one of Berg's Chamber Concerto." The Guardian

Grammy Awards 60th Awards (2017)
Nominee - Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance


Bach, J S:
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017
Tedi Papavrami (violin) Martha Argerich, piano

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80
Martha Argerich (piano)
Orchestra e Coro della Svizzera italiana, Diego Fasolis

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments
Nicholas Angelich (piano ) Renaud Capuçon, violino

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40
Nicholas Angelich (piano ) Renaud Capuçon, violin David Guerrier, horn

Violin Concerto, Op. 35a
Renaud Capuçon (violin)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Stephen Kovacevich (piano) Martha Argerich, piano

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)
Danse Espagnole No. 2 (from La Vida Breve)
Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano)

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448
Martha Argerich (piano), Sergey Babayan (piano)

Hombre Tango
Ensemble ReEncuentros

Gaspard de la Nuit
Martha Argerich (piano)
Piano Concerto in G major