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|Martha Argerich, Sergei Nakariakov, Renaud Capucon|
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1; Concertino; Piano Quintet
Genres: New Age, Classical
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Argerich amazes again!
Mark Hennicke | A stone's throw from Carnegie Hall | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like many, I bemoan the fact that Martha Argerich hasn't been doing any solo recitals or making any solo recordings for quite sometime now. In fact, she has eschewed the recording studio altogether, preferring to release only live concerto & chamber recordings. We can, however, take great solace in the fact that these live recordings, particularly those from the Lugano Festival, have been absolutely brilliant, this present release being no exception. These performances were recorded at the 2006 edition of the festival, where we hear Argerich at her dazzling best. The Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1 finds the virtuoso pianist offering a stunning performance of this challenging Russian masterpiece, with able accompaniment given by the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov.
While the concerto is sheer brilliance, the real highlight on this cd is a captivating perfomance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G-minor, Op.57. Argerich's technique is simply beguiling, aided by a live recorded sound that is quite sharp & focused. All the artists in the quartet that assists her are top-notch as well, with particular mention going to long-time collaborator, cellist Mischa Maisky. What a fabulous player he is, and what wonderful music these two icons of classical performance always seem to make together.
This cd is yet another highmark in the astounding career of the amazing Martha Argerich, and it will increase admirably a reputation that has already reached beyond the stratosphere. Don't hesitate to add these otherworldly performances to your cd collection."
The great thing here is the Piano Quintet
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 10/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although EMI gives top billing to the vivacious Piano Concerto #1, that youthful riff must bow to the Piano Quintet, arguably the composer's single greatest chamber work along with the Piano Trio #2. It's powerful, richly melodic, and instantly grabs the listener's attention. Even someone who doesn't know the work will find Argerich and friends in top form, full of vitality and sympathy for the music. They dig in with the total commitment we've come to expect from Argerich's circle in live performance.
There hasn't been a truly outstanding version since Richter and the Borodin Qt.; one could go back to the mono era for the composer himself as pianist and the great Beethoven Qt. This new version meets that stratospheric standard -- it's astonishing how delicate and intelligent Argerich is in her handling of the mercurial piano line -- and in terms of recorded sound is the best version of all.
As for the piano concerto, Argerich's style is forceful and sinewy. Clearly she favors the piece -- she recorded it once before on DG -- and she makes a success of her large-scale, rather serious approach. Personally, I miss the wit and springy lightness that Salonen and Bronfman bring (on Sony). That CD is also filled up with the Piano Quintet, where Bronfman is joined by the Juilliard Qt. in a fine performance. But this star-studded ensemble from EMI sounds more potent, and even with his impeccable Russian credentials, Bronfman isn't as impetuous and dramatic as Argerich. In anya event, it's a plasure to welcome the latest in a strong line of readings over five decades."
Argerich shines in live DSCH recordings
Arien Crellin-Quick | Bay Area, CA | 12/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These are passionate, fiery performances of great Shostakovich works. Contrary to the previous reviewer, I find the sound to be vivid and crystal clear. The strings are lush, full, and have a great edge. The piano's lower register is deep and resonant and the highs crisp.
But the sound isn't what really makes this shine - it's the intensity and fire in Argerich's (and all others who appear on this recording) playing that makes this the most exciting rendition of these pieces I've yet to hear.