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Boxed Niceness From Argerich and Solti - Mon, 17 Sep 2012

Since 2002 Martha Argerich's Progetto at the Lugano Festival has brought together many notable artists for memorable concerts of chamber and orchestral music. Lugano Concertos is a deluxe 4-CD set that offers a rich selection of live concerto recordings, all with Argerich and all first-time releases. It's a mixture of the familiar and the new; but even the familiar gets an extra frisson through the tension and edge of live performance atmosphere. The Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana is Ms. Argerich's excellent partner under a variety of conductors including Charles Dutoit, Ion Marin and Alexandre Rabinovitch; piano colleagues such as Rico and Paul Guldaalso join her on stage.

21 October 2012 marks Sir Georg Solti's centenary and Decca is celebrating this with important reissues. In 1947 Solti signed his original contract with the esteemed label as a pianist and that same year he made his first record as a conductor. His last public concerts took place just a few weeks before his death in 1997. Solti was a man with extraordinarily wide musical interests and sympathies, and he was without doubt one of the most important opera conductors of the second half of the twentieth century.

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