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