Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2013

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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2013


Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Martha Argerich (piano)

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Hubert Soudant

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Mischa Maisky (cello) & Martha Argerich (piano)


Petite Suite

Martha Argerich (piano) & Cristina Marton (piano)


La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1

Alissa Margulis (violin) & Jura Margulis (piano)

La Lugubre Gondola II, S200 No. 2

Alissa Margulis (violin) & Jura Margulis (piano)


Gaîté Parisienne – Ballet Suite

trascr. di C. M. Griguoli - prima esecuzione

Giorgia Tomassi (piano), Carlo Maria Griguoli (piano) & Alessandro Stella (piano)


Violin Sonata in A minor 'Sonate posthume'

Andrey Baranov (violin) & Jura Margulis (piano)


Violin Sonata in B minor

Renaud Capuçon (violin) & Francesco Piemontesi (piano)


Le carnaval des animaux

Martha Argerich (piano), Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Andrey Baranov (violin), Michael Guttman (violin), Lyda Chen (viola), Alexandre Debrus (cello) Enrico Fagone, double bass - Alfred Rutz, flute - Corrado Giuffredi, clarinet – Gregorio Di Trapani, percussion


Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

Gautier Capuçon (cello) & Gabriela Montero (piano)

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The latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the 11th annual 3CD 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.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

I. Allegro con brio

II. Largo

III. Rondo - Allegro scherzando

Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2

I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo

II. Allegro molto, più tosto presto

III. Rondo - Allegro

Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B Minor, P. 110

I. Moderato

II. Andante espressivo

III. Passacaglia - Allegro moderato, ma energico

Franz Liszt: La lugubre gondola, S. 134

La lugubre gondola, S. 134

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata, Op. posth. M. 77

Violin Sonata, Op. posth. M. 77

Claude Debussy: Petite suite, L. 65

I. En bateau

II. Cortège

III. Menuet

IV. Ballet

Jacques Offenbach: Offenbach / Arr. Rosenthal & Griguoli

Gaîté parisienne: I. Ouverture

Gaîté parisienne: II. Galop

Gaîté parisienne: III. Barcarolle

Gaîté parisienne: IV. Cancan

Camille Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux

I. Marche royale du lion

II. Poules et coqs

III. Hémiones

IV. Tortues

V. L'éléphant

VI. Kangourous

VII. Aquarium

VIII. Personnages à longues oreilles

IX. Le coucou au fond des bois

X. Volière

XI. Pianistes

XII. Fossilles

XIII. Le cygne

XIV. Finale

The Times

16th May 2014


“With Martha at the keys, Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto sparkles and winks, with friendly assistance from the Dutch conductor Hubert Soudant and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana...But as usual the special treats come in the lighter items, when hair is let down and feet stomp.”

Financial Times

31st May 2014


“Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto finds Argerich as explosively improvisatory as ever, but overall there’s a hint of brusqueness that threatens to muddy the picture. For the first time in this annual series, I preferred the non-Argerich performances.”

The Telegraph

12th June 2014


“Argerich herself heads the venture in a characteristically vital, lucid, poised account of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto...This set is a showcase for superlative musicianship, crowned at the end by Argerich and a host of friends coming together for a Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals of irresistible zoomorphic wit and charm.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2014

“To listen to these two close friends [Maisky and Argerich] firing off each other in the helter-skelter high spirits of the Rondo [of the Beethoven Cello Sonata] is pure delight.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2014


“The festival has class written all over it and exudes more joy - and humour - than any comparable event known to me. Argerich herself leads off here, in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto, displaying suppleness, rhythmic power, structural majesty and intimacy of inflection...Zilberstein's inspired caricature of incompetent pianists (in the Saint-Saens) is hilarious.”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

“I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud during this fabulously witty performance. Pianists Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein lead an ensemble that brings a marvellous character to each of the animals portrayed, from the Tortoises who keep getting slower and slower and yet somehow still manage to struggle on, to the Pianists who really need to spend a bit more time practising their scales, and an eloquent account of The Swan from cellist Alexandre Debrus. You can just feel the enjoyment exuding from all of the musicians in every bar of this delightful performance.”

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