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Brahms: Chamber Music
This collection of five of Brahms’s chamber music masterpieces includes four with piano and all of these feature the supreme artistry of András Schiff. Both the quintets – for clarinet and for piano – are included; the recording of the Clarinet Quintet with Peter Schmidl with members of the New Vienna Octet, receives its first release on CD. The rarest of the chamber works on this collection is the set of Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann. Composed in 1854 for piano four-hands, Brahms’s biographer Malcolm MacDonald called it a ‘special act of solace’ for Clara Schumann, to whom they were dedicated. In fact, the title page reads, ‘Minor Variations on a Theme by Him, Dedicated to Her’. Here, Schiff is joined by his Hungarian compatriot Sir Georg Solti, at the piano. Also representing Hungary on this collection is the Takács Quartet.
“the sonority remains warm and full, and in the clarinet trio balance could scarcely be bettered. It would certainly be hard to imagine lovelier reproduction of Dolezal’s burnished cello … the atmosphere is seductively Viennese, warm and relaxed … The sound and balance seems to me, virtually ideal” Gramophone Magazine (Clarinet & Horn Trios)
“glowing piano and string tone” Gramophone Magazine (Piano Quintet)
“The eloquent soaring clarinet line of the openingphrase immediately sets the seal on what is to be a passionately committed reading throughout […] the element of nostalgia is not missing, with the Adagio tenderly eloquent from clarinet and strings alike.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1981 (Clarinet Quintet)
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Brahms: Works for Piano Duo
Chipak-Kushnir (piano duo)
Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir first met in 1998 whist studying at the L’viv Music Academy in the Ukraine. The duo has won numerous international competitions which has led to concert performances in Europe, the US and China. Their debut release was in 1998.
Bracha Eden & Alexander Tamir (pianos)
A unique release of Brahms Music arranged and originally written by the composer for piano duet, played by the world famous Israel duo, Eden & Tamir.
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Piano Duets by Schumann and Brahms
Katerina Zaitzeva, Nikita Fitenko (piano duet)
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Four Hands Piano Music
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Brahms: Four-Hand Piano Music, Volume 1
“One of the finest two-piano teams of our time...this one is beautifully played, with as wide a range of dynamics and emotions as the music requires, superb but understated technique, and flawless ensemble.” Fanfare
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Brahms & Friends
Works & transcriptions for two pianos & for piano duet
Duo Egri & Pertis (pianos)
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Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2010
Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110
Martha Argerich (piano), Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Louis Sauvaître (percussion), Danilo Grassi (percussion)
Variations on a theme by Schumann for four hands, Op. 23
Nicholas Angelich, Lily Maisky
Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op. 73
Lilya Zilberstein, Sergei Edelmann (pianos)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Martha Argerich (piano)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Jacek Kaspszyk
Porgy and Bess Fantasy
Gershwin/Grainger Fantasy for Two Pianos
Gabriela Montero and Alexander Gurning
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 49
Gabriela Montero (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Lyda Chen (viola), Natalia Margulis (cello)
Piano Quintet in E major, Op. 15
Alexander Mogilevsky (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg (Viola), Mark Drobinsky (cello)
Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97
Martha Argerich, Daniel Rivera
Piano Quintet, Op. 108
Lilya Zilberstein, Dora Schwarzberg,Lucia Hal, Lyda Chen, and Jorge Andres Bosso
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Renaud Capucon (violin), Martha Argerich (piano)
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
Martha Argerich, Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Rivera
The Firebird Suite
version for 3 Pianos by Carlo Maria Griguoli
Giorgia Tomassi, Carlo Maria Griguoli, and Alessandro Stella
EMI Classics is pleased to release the latest instalment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival. This is the eight 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 2010, are being released in anticipation of the Festival’s 2011 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.
This is Martha Argerich’s 70th birthday year, and this year, the Live from Lugano series will be redesigned, starting with this edition. The new cover concept will be incorporated into future Lugano releases and the previous editions will be scheduled for redesign as necessary. The new design reflects the vibrancy of both Argerich and the festival.
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.
This brilliant 3-CD set features the breathtaking Martha Argerich and an exciting assembly of classical stars and up-and-coming talent including Gautier Capuçon , Renaud Capuçon, Gabriela Montero , Alissa Margulis , Geza Hosszu-Legocky , Lida Chen, , Natalia Margulis , Nicholas Angelich , Stephen Kovacevich , Lilya Zilberstein, Sergei Edelmann, Lily Maisky, Daniel Rivera , Alexander Mogilewsky, Giorgia Tomassi , Carlo Maria Griguoli , Dora Schwarzberg , Alessandro Stella Alissa Margulis, Lucia Hall, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Mark Drobinsky, Louis Sauvêtre, Danilo Grassi and Jorge Bosso as well as Orchestra della Svizzera italiana
The repertoire features includes: Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, op. 105 and Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano, Op. 70, Chopin’s Rondo in C Major, Op. 73 for 2 Pianos, Brahms’ Variations on a Them by Schumann, Op. 23, Liszt’s Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3, the Korngold Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15, Bartók’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion Sz 110, Granados’ Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 49, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919) – Version for 3 Pianos by Carlo Maria Griguoli, Schnittke’s Piano Quintet Op. 108 and the Gershwin/Grainger Fantasy for Two Pianos on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Few artists have nurtured and promoted emerging young musicians with the level of personal commitment shown by Martha Argerich. In the process, she has created inspired and inspirational chamber music partnerships mixing established and up-and-coming artists. A legend in her own lifetime for her technical mastery and passionate artistry, Argerich possesses an infectious spirit that has fired her own performances and partnerships as well as those of her colleagues and protégés.
Reviewing the CD set highlighting the 2007 Festival, The Financial Times wrote, “The music flies off the page, like a high-calibre jam session in which the participants throw away worldly cares and listen to each other in the moment of performance. There's polish aplenty, as one might expect of well-established musicians, but more to the point, the CD radiates the freshness and electricity of a special occasion. What's so endearing about Argerich's festival concept is that she blends younger players with more experienced colleagues, so there's a cross-fertilisation of ideas. Even when she plays no part … the same invigorating spirit presides.” Gramophone said, “Martha Argerich can put you on alert with just one phrase. A sequence of phrases … becomes the aural embodiment of an archer drawing a bow to maximum stretch. …. The tension is palpable, [the] artists playing into the music to extract all it offers - and clawing listeners out of themselves.”
The ninth season of the Martha Argerich Project takes place in June 2011. Many of the artists on these CDs will take part again this year.
“Even when Argerich is not directly involved, her unique musical spirit seems to hover over the performances; there's a freshness, a sense of discovery, about all the playing here, and it's never dull.” The Guardian, 31st March 2011 ****
“the 2010 edition strikes me as among the best...It includes two electrifying Schumann performances from Argerich and the Capuçon brothers...plus an equally stunning Bartók Sonata for two pianos and percussion featuring Argerich with ex-spouse Stephen Kovacevich...To cap it all, Argerich returns to her youth with a sensational Chopin Piano Concerto No 1, digging into the music’s expressive core as never before.” Financial Times, 2nd April 2011 *****
“if I was to pick one instance of the electricity and expressive freedom encountered on these three CDs it would have to be Argerich's recreation of Chopin's First Concerto...she has rarely sounded more vehement, personal or beguiling. As for the finale, I doubt whether it has ever been played with a more riotous or consuming brilliance in its entire history...All in all, these discs are a reminder of a unique, formidable and ever-enchanting artist.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011
“the sustained quality of music-making on display here ensures that the collective result is something much more than a high-powered musical love-in...her approach [to the Chopin] is as fresh as ever, and she brings to the music a sense of unexaggerated surrounding immensity in the way that only great artists can...the articulation and control [in the Bartok] are so superb that the work's magisterial power truly comes across.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****
“Argerich encourages many youthful talents to blossom; she is joined by her former partner Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich for a fine Bartók sonata for two pianos and percussion, rhythmically focused but never brittle...Her solo turn is Chopin's First Concerto, eloquently shaped, with the most rivetingly exuberant finale you could hope to hear.” The Observer, 15th May 2011
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