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Magnificent Martha

Have you ever visited Lugano, in Switzerland? What a marvelous place that marries Nature, Music, and Art. Pianist Martha Argerich participates in an annual music festival there, and we get to enjoy recordings of these events. Here is a recent recording: Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2015, and the selections are as follows, recorded on three CD’s: Bacalov: Porteña Performed by Martha Argerich (piano), and Eduardo Hubert (piano), with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Alexander Vedernikov conducting. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano) Geza Hosszu-Legocky (violin), Martha Argerich (piano) Brahms: Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 Alexander Mogilevsky (piano), Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nathan Braude (viola) Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2 Mayu Kishima (violin), Akane Sakai (piano) Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 Nicholas Angelich (piano), Paul Meyer (clarinet), Gautier Capuçon (cello) Debussy: En blanc et noir, with Martha Argerich (piano), Stephen Kovacevich (piano) Ginastera: Estancia – dance suite, Op. 8a trans. Carlo Maria Griguoli Giorga Tomassi (piano), Carlo Maria Griguoli (piano), Alessandro Stella (piano) Glass, P: Les Enfants Terribles: Suite Giorga Tomassi (piano), Carlo Maria Griguoli (piano), Alessandro Stella (piano) Poulenc: Sonata for Two Pianos Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano) Ries, Ferdinand: Piano Quintet in B minor, Op. 74 Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Andrey Baranov (violin), Lyda Chen (viola), Jing Zhao (cello), Enrico Fagone (double bass) Schubert: Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813 Martha Argerich (piano), Alexander Mogilevsky (piano) Schumann: Studies (6) in Canonic Form, Op. 56 arr. for piano 2 Pianos 4 Hands by Debussy Martha Argerich (piano), Lilya Zilberstein (piano) Turina: Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 76 Jura Margulis (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Natalia Margulis (cello) Martha Argerich has brought great pleasure and admiration to her listeners. Here is an image of her, as she appeared early in her career: “Few other musicians spark such adoration among peers and juniors alike as does Martha Argerich,” wrote the British magazine, Pianist. The reasons for this adoration are richly in evidence at this annual Lugano Festival in Switzerland. Here is Ms. Argerich in the music of Bach:

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