Live From the Lugano Fes­ti­val 2007 Martha Arg­erich and Friends EMI Clas­sics

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

PI­ANIST Martha Arg­erich has di­rected a cham­ber mu­sic project at the Lugano Fes­ti­val since 2002, bring­ing to­gether wellestab­lished and up- and- com­ing artists who per­form much- loved mas­ter­pieces and ob­scure gems. This re­lease of three CDs in­cludes 19 artists, al­most half of them pi­anists. Two- pi­ano mu­sic fea­tures promi­nently. Arg­erich reels off scin­til­lat­ing ac­counts of Lu­toslawski’s Pa­ganini Vari­a­tions with Mauri­cio Val­lina and Ravel’s Ma mere l’Oye ( Mother Goose) with Alexan­der Mogilevsky, while her part­ner­ship with Gabriela Mon­tero re­sults in a warmly ex­pres­sive ac­count of Schu­mann’s An­dante and Vari­a­tions. Arg­erich takes part in the two out­stand­ing per­for­mances of the set: an in­tensely dra­matic Ghost Trio ( with vi­o­lin­ist Re­naud Ca­pu­con and cel­list Mis­cha Maisky) and a com­pelling read­ing with Ca­pu­con of Bar­tok’s sec­ond vi­o­lin sonata. Else­where, larger- scale cham­ber works by Glinka and Dohnanyi re­ceive im­pas­sioned per­for­mances, while Beethoven’s early pi­ano quar­tet is el­e­gantly re­alised.

Murray Black

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