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|Martha Argerich, Itzhak Perlman|
Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata; Franck: Sonata
Itzhak Perlman's '70s recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy resulted in one of the finest Kreutzer Sonata performances ever recorded. At this live 1998 recital, Perlman is joined by another piano great, Martha Argerich, on t... more »
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Itzhak Perlman's '70s recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy resulted in one of the finest Kreutzer Sonata performances ever recorded. At this live 1998 recital, Perlman is joined by another piano great, Martha Argerich, on that very piece along with Franck's Violin Sonata. Though the two powerhouses haven't recorded together before, they prove to be both sympathetic and intuitive partners. By now, we've come to expect Argerich to steal the show with her brute force and passionate playing, but Perlman's lyricism throughout the first two Beethoven movements is the real highlight. (It's not that Argerich is being tepid; the room's acoustics and microphones just favor the violinist.) On Franck's Violin Sonata, the duo fare even better. Argerich and Perlman sound like they've been playing together forever, and the music's melancholic, but playful poetry really comes into focus. All told, a memorable live performance by two classical greats. --Jason Verlinde
Argerich is not at her best here
Trevor R Pearce | 12/31/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As the reviewers below suggested, Argerich is not at her best here, even though Perlman is not quite bad compared to his recent live performances where he tends to be absent minded/too much easy going.If you would like to hear Argerich at her best in these masterpieces, try the following recordings:Gidon Kremer(vl.) and Argerich (Beethoven) on DG, James Galway(fl.) and Argerich (Franck) on RCA, Mischa Maisky (Cel.) and Argerich (Franck) on EMI.In every recording above, she sounds much more inspired and precise.Argerich also recorded Franck with Ricci (vl.) on a minor label, but this is not recommended as Ricci sounds too brittle and shallow."
Not as good as expected...
Trevor R Pearce | 12/22/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've always considered the Perlman-Ashkenazy "Kreutzer" the best on record. I don't really like Ashkenazy as a pianist, however, and looked forward to this release of Argerich recording the work with a decent violinist (i.e. not the thin-toned Kremer). Unfortunately Perlman's performance is not as polished as his earlier version with Ashkenazy...his chords are not as awe-inspiring and his tone is not as pure. Argerich does offer much more exciting pianism (in my opinion) than Ashkenazy though. So I'd still go for Ashkenazy-Perlman if you're finicky about perfect violin playing."
Trevor R Pearce | 01/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No wonder this recording has appeared on over 30 critics' top albums of 1999 lists. This live recording captures two magnificent artists at the top of their games. Perfection is for the studio -- this is gritty, great music making!"