If I were to explore statistics (I am not), I likely would determine that pianist Martha Argerich is one of the instrumentalists that I write about most frequently. And in my view that is to be expected because of her amazing abilities to make us smile!
In this new recording we get to enjoy more of Martha’s gifts:
Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016
Bach, J S:
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017, with Tedi Papavrami (violin) Martha Argerich, piano
Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 8 with Martha Argerich (piano), and the Orchestra e Coro della Svizzera italiana, Diego Fasolis conducting.
Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments, with Nicholas Angelich (piano ) and Renaud Capuçon, violin
Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40, with Nicholas Angelich (piano ) Renaud Capuçon, violin David Guerrier, horn.
Violin Concerto, Op. 35a, withRenaud Capuçon (violin), and the
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Alexander Vedernikov conducting
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, with Stephen Kovacevich (piano) Martha Argerich, piano
Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)
Danse Espagnole No. 2 (from La Vida Breve)
Performed by Sergio Tiempo (piano), and Karin Lechner (piano)
Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448, performed by Martha Argerich (piano), Sergey Babayan (piano)
Hombre Tango, performed by Ensemble ReEncuentros
Gaspard de la Nuit, performed by Martha Argerich (piano)
Piano Concerto in G major
The annual Progetto Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival, is well-established as one of the world’s most important music festivals.
The latest installment of highlights from the Martha Argerich Project at the Lugano Festival, this is the 14th annual 3-CD set celebrating the musical fruits of a project in which young artists join seasoned performers, including Martha Argerich herself, to explore wide-ranging chamber music and orchestral repertoire, both well-known and rarely heard.
The 15th annual festival, which ran from 7-30 June 2016, featured international soloists such as Nicholas Angelich, Stephen Kovacevich, and Renaud Capuçon as well as many of her young protégés, including Karin Lechner and Sergio Tiempo, and her daughter Lyda Chen. The festival also celebrated the occasion of Martha’s 75th birthday, and she features on many of the performances on this highlights collection, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Here is Ms. Argerich in the music of Bach: