Since 2002 Martha Argerichs Progetto at the Lugano Festival has brought together many notable artists for memorable concerts of chamber and orchestral music. This deluxe 4-CD set offers a rich selection of live concerto recordings, all with Martha Argerich and all first-time releases. They include a number of works new to her Deutsche Grammophon discography (Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartok and Poulenc) in addition to scintillating performances of Schubert, Brahms and Milhaud all CD premieres of pieces absolutely new to her repertoire.
CD1: Beethoven: Concerto no. 1, Poulenc: Double Concerto*, Mozart: Triple Concerto K.242*
CD 2: Schumann: Concerto, Prokofiev Concertos nos. 1* & 3
CD3: Beethoven: Concerto no. 2, Liszt: Concerto no. 1, Bartok: Concerto no.
3*, Mozart: Andante & Variations K. 501
CD4: Schubert: Divertissement a l hongroise*, Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer*, Stravinsky: Les Noces, Milhaud: Scaramouche*
ALL LIVE RECORDINGS, ALL FIRST-TIME RELEASES
*New to Martha Argerichs discography on DG / new to Martha Argerichs discography
It s a mixture of the familiar and the new; but even the familiar gets an extra frisson through the tension and edge of live performance atmosphere. The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is Ms. Argerichs excellent partner under a variety of conductors including Charles Dutoit, Ion Marin and Alexandre Rabinovitch; piano colleagues such as Rico and Paul Gulda (Mozart Triple Concerto) also join her on stage.
The deluxe treatment: the packaging is an oblong format, with a hardcover slipcase enclosing a 36-page hardcover book in full colour!
The 4 CDs are shelved two on the inside front cover, two on the inside back cover. The main article is by Lugano Festival Director Carlo Piccardi, and there are eight pages of colour photos from performances at the Festival.