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Bloch - Piano Quintets
Serenity and meditation contrast with melancholy and savagery; primitive passions yield to poignancy, nobility and tenderness in Bloch’s accomplished chamber music. Five substantial pieces are recorded here, dating from different stages of the composer’s career and demonstrating both the programmatic elements of his writing and his Impressionistic side. Bloch’s deep affinity for string instruments and the piano is also given ample expression in these works, all of which deserve a permanent place in the chamber music repertoire.
“In the First Quintet Lane and the Goldners manage to communicate the urgency and immediacy of Bloch's musical argument… the opening passage projected with a frenzy that generates considerable momentum and purpose throughout the rhapsodic first movement. ...the performers are equally persuasive in capturing the langour and hypnotic sensuousness of the Andante mistico.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 *****
“A fabulous CD this, easily the best recording of Bloch's chamber music I've heard in years… the music is truly wonderful, the playing entirely sympathetic and the sound perfectly balanced.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007
“[Piano Quintet No 1] ranks among the finest in the genre … a work of astonishing immediacy, at once lyrical and aggressive, that takes you on a lurching emotional journey before achieving stability in the most serene C major imaginable … the performances, by the Goldner String Quartet and pianist Piers Lane, are
tremendously authoritative in their combination of technical daring and expressive power” The Guardian
“A fabulous CD this, easily the best recording of Bloch's chamber music in years. The First Quintet, a product of the early 1920s, seems to combine the acerbic drive of middle-period Bartók with the kind of veiled sensuality one associates more with Chausson or Fauré. Bloch's use of quarter-tones, aimed at intensifying the work's already heightened emotional atmosphere, requires careful handling, and the Goldner Quartet make them sound both musically striking and entirely natural. If you need a sampling- point, try the finale's opening, where the sense of urgency will hold you riveted.
The real revelation here is the Second Piano Trio (1957). The language recalls the First Quintet's stronger elements, with tone-rows this time rather than quarter-tones, though again their employment is musical rather than 'political'. Amazing to think that this was Bloch's last chamber work (he was already suffering from cancer when he wrote it), the combination of raw energy and mysticism suggesting the mind of a much younger man, much as Janácek's late chamber music does. The Quintet's quiet coda is rapturously beautiful and the blending of voices between Piers Lane and the Goldners simply could not be bettered. The short quartet bonuses suggest that a Goldner Bloch quartet cycle would be a good idea. But that's one for the future; as for this current release, the music is truly wonderful, the playing entirely sympathetic and the sound perfectly balanced.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
BBC Music Magazine
Disc of the month - February 2008
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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009
Violin Sonata No. 2, BB 85, Sz. 76
Renard Capuçon (violin, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)
Piano Quintet No. 1
Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Mark Dobrinsky (cello)
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3
Gautier Capuçon (cello), Martha Argerich (piano)
Noches en los jardines de Espana
Martha Argerich (piano)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov
Grand Sextet in E flat major for piano, string quartet & double bass
Polina Leschenko (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Lida Chen (viola), Mark Drobinsky (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)
Réminiscences de Don Juan (W.A. Mozart) for two pianos, S. 656
Martha Argerich, Mauricio Vallina (pianos)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo
Martha Argerich, Cristina Marton (pianos)
Piano Sextet Op. 110
Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (viola), Lida Chen (viola), Jorge Bosso (cello), Enrico Fagone (double-bass)
Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance
Daniel Gerzenberg, Anton Gerzenberg, Lilya Zilberstein (piano)
Russian Rhapsody for two pianos, Op. post.
Lilya Zilberstein, Alexander Mogilewsky (pianos)
Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos)
Sergio Tiempo, Karin Lechner (pianos)
Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88
Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello)
EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the seventh annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Ms. Argerich, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well known and rarely heard. The CDs, recorded in the summer of 2009, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2010 season in June.
As a chamber music event, this series has become a laboratory that gives guest artists a chance to prove themselves not only in well-known masterpieces but also in rarely performed repertoire. The piano stands at the centre of the programming, not only with works originally written for it but also with transcriptions, which played an important historic role in the diffusion of music in remote areas and within family circles.
The eighth season of the Martha Argerich Project takes place in June 2010. Many of the artists on these CDs will take part again this year.
“...in all the performances, the players display a spontaneity and sense of enjoyment one hears too rarely in some of this repertoire.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****
“The latest instalment of Argerich’s annual offering is the usual cornucopia of delights. Predictably, when Argerich herself plays...the flavour is often fevered, although not so in her aromatic reading of Falla’s Noches en los jardines de Espana.” Sunday Times, 4th April 2010 ****
“Everything Martha Argerich touches turns to gold: not only her own piano playing but those around her whom she evidently inspires to new heights. These chamber music collaborations buzz with spontaneity...can there be any more exuberant four minutes on disc than her piano duet scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream?” The Observer, 2nd May 2010
“if we were permitted to attach more than five stars to a release, this would be one of those occasions when a whole constellation would erupt...The rapport, rhythmic élan and passionate sensibility are simply mesmerising, the entire set of discs an unbounded pleasure.” The Telegraph *****
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