Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Martha Argerich – Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 03:35:08 minutes | 1,94 GB | Genre: Classical
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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 featuringGaspard, 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’océanwritten 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. © PYL

Tracklist

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
1 Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: I. Ondine 06:28
2 Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: II. Le gibet 05:36
3 Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55: III. Scarbo 10:10

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
4 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a, BV 243: I. Allegro moderato – Animand o07:12
5 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a, BV 243: II. Quasi andante – Poco agitato 07:36
6 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35a, BV 243: III. Allegro impetuoso – Più stretto – Quasi presto 07:13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
7 Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448/375a: I. Allegro con spirito 08:11
8 Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448/375a: II. Andante 10:20
9 Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448/375a: III. Molto allegro 07:08

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
10 Two Spanish Dances from La vida breve: Dance No. 1 03:22
11 Two Spanish Dances from La vida breve: Dance No. 2 04:20

Maurice Ravel
12 Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: I. Allegremente 08:25
13 Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: II. Adagio assai 08:53
14 Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: III. Presto 04:27

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
15 Fantasy in C Minor, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasia”: I. Adagio 03:22
16 Fantasy in C Minor, Op. 80, “Choral Fantasia”: II. Finale (Allegro – Meno allegro – Allegro) 17:06

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
17 Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: I. Andante 08:25
18 Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: II. Scherzo (Allegro) 07:37
19 Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: III. Adagio mesto 07:59
20 Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40: IV. Finale (Allegro con brio) 06:36

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
21 Berg: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Piano with Thirteen Wind Instruments: I. Thema scherzoso con variazioni 09:08
22 Berg: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Piano with Thirteen Wind Instruments: II. Adagio 14:20
23 Berg: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Piano with Thirteen Wind Instruments: III. Rondo ritmico con introduzione 12:08

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
24 Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: I. Largo 03:55
25 Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro 04:05
26 Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio 03:15
27 Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro 04:51

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
28 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L. 86 (Arr. for Two pianos) 08:28

Marcelo Nisinman (1970- )
29 Hombre Tango 04:32

Personnel
Martha Argerich, piano
Renaud Capucon, violin
Sergei Babayan, piano
Sergio Tiempo, piano
Karin Lechner, piano
Nicholas Angelich, piano
David Guerrier, horn
Tedi Papavrami, violin
Stephen Kovacevich, piano
Ensemble ReEncuentros
Coro della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana
Diego Fasolis, conductor
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor

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