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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 (24/44 FLAC)

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 (24/44 FLAC)

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alban Berg, Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni, Claude Achille Debussy, Manuel de Falla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marcelo Nisinman, Maurice Ravel
Performer: Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Sergey Babayan, Sergio Tiempo, Karin Lechner, Nicholas Angelich, David Guerrier, Tedi Papavrami, Stephen Kovacevich, Ensemble ReEncuentros
Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera Italian
Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov, Diego Fasolis
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Warner
Catalogue: 9029583165
Release: 2017
Size: 1.95 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
01. I. Ondine
02. II. Le gibet
03. III. Scarbo

Busoni: Violin Concerto, Op. 35a
04. I. Allegro moderato – Animando
05. II. Quasi andante – Poco agitato
06. III. Allegro impetuoso – Più stretto – Quasi presto

Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448 / 375a
07. I. Allegro con spirito
08. II. Andante
09. III. Molto allegro

Falla: Two Spanish Dances from La vida breve
10. Dance No. 1
11. Dance No. 2

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
12. I. Allegremente
13. II. Adagio assai
14. III. Presto

Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80
15. I. Adagio
16. II. Finale (Allegro – Meno allegro – Allegro)

Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40
17. I. Andante
18. II. Scherzo (Allegro)
19. III. Adagio mesto
20. IV. Finale (Allegro con brio)

Berg: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Piano with Thirteen Wind Instruments
21. I. Thema scherzoso con variazioni
22. II. Adagio
23. III. Rondo ritmico con introduzione

Bach: Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017
24. I. Largo
25. II. Allegro
26. III. Adagio
27. IV. Allegro

28. Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
29. Nisinman: Hombre Tango

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.

The previous batch from the 2015 Lugano Festival was especially rich, with many of the chosen moments being particularly thrilling (Brahms’ Trio, Poulenc’s Sonata for two pianos). The 2016 Festival would in turn see one great event: the tremendous Martha agreed to play on stage, for the first time in more than thirty years, Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit. She was worried at the thought of measuring herself against her own success from forty years ago—she recorded in 1974 for Deutsche Grammophon a Ravel LP featuring Gaspard, Sonatine and Valses nobles et sentimentales, which is still in everyone’s memory despite its disappointing sound recording. On the spot, it’s obviously all the magic from a sound completely revealing itself, and the permanence of a vision. The truly haunted tone of Le Gibet leaves a lasting impression, Scarbo’s goblin literally shatters when Ondine, completely radiant, screams her recollections of Liszt and remembers just as much Une barque sur l’océan written a few years before. The rest of the testimonies from this 2016 Lugano Festival is as varied as usual. We’ll start with the rarity among the musical repertoire that is Busoni’s Violin Concerto, in D major (like the ones from Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky), also being the opus 35 (like the ones from Tchaikovsky, Korngold), under Renaud Capuçon’s determined bow. As for the two pianos, a classic from Argerich’s repertoire, Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos K. 488 that she’s enjoyed playing regularly with her friends for a few years, here with Sergey Babayan. And let’s not forget the very sincere Horn Trio from Brahms, with the trio Capuçon, Angelich & Guerrier (in 2015, a version without horn was unforgettable), or especially Bach’s Sonata by Martha Argerich and Tedi Papavrami, which could make us forget to not have this duo play the five other works written by Bach for the same formation. We cannot ignore the too short moment from the duo Tiempo & Lechner, as thrilling as ever, here in two Falla’s dances. During this 2016 edition, Argerich also played Ravel’s Concerto in G major. Maybe not in its most extraordinary version, but listening to its phrasings, accents, and nuances that are so personal in the Adagio assai this work remains the source of a rare emotion. May this Lugano Festival resuscitate in a few years with the participation of generous sponsors nostalgic of these incredible moments.

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