ARGERICH & ABBADO Complete Concerto Recordings

MARTHA ARGERICH & CLAUDIO ABBADO

Complete Concerto Recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven · Frédéric Chopin
Franz Liszt · Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Maurice Ravel · Sergei Prokofiev
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Berliner Philharmoniker
London Symphony Orchestra
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra Mozart
Int. Release 05 Jan. 2015
5 CDs / Download
0289 479 4155 2


Track List

CD 1: Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26 / Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major, Op.26

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Piano Concerto In G Major, M. 83

Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 48:12

CD 2: Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S. 124 / Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83

Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
Piano Concerto No.1 in E Flat Major, S.124

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Piano Concerto In G Major, M. 83

Martha Argerich, London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:17:47

CD 3: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23, TH.55

Martha Argerich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 32:00

CD 4: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 & Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37

Kadenz: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major, Op.19

Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven (mvt.1)

Martha Argerich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:03:54

CD 5: Mozart, W.A.: Piano Concerto No.25 In C, K.503 & Piano Concert No.20 In D Minor, K.466

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Piano Concerto No. 25 In C Major, K.503

Cadenza: Friedrich Gulda

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466

Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven

Cadenzas: Ludwig van Beethoven

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado

Total Playing Time 1:01:42

In every case the performances are perfectly judged and persuasive, displaying both sensitivity and authority that serve the composers well.

While Abbado provides excellent support with his various orchestras, the collector buys foremost the passionate wizardry of Martha Argerich and her thorough synthesis of a demonic technique and volatile subjectivity into every piece she encounters. Argerich has consistently combined virile aggression and poetic tenderness in a delicately balanced alchemy, often with electrifying results. The Argerich performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto from December 1994 makes an excellent case in point, passionate and heroically scaled. Abbado's own contribution proves both elastic and potent, with excellent sonic detail from his brass, flute, oboe, and low winds. The piano's double octaves prior to the first cadenza testify to a firebrand keyboardist of the first order. The fusion of stunning finger-control and spontaneous vehemence takes us through a blistering first movement, no less explosively confrontational in the latter two movements but intimate and tempestuously scintillating, respectively . . . [Mozart]: the lyrico-dramatic mass of the D Minor Concerto and the virtually Miltonic breadth of the C Major Concerto each benefit from crystalline filigree from Argerich and a strongly architectural balance from Abbado, who had certainly achieved a notable sense of musical character in his own terms . . .

. . . memorable performances from this memorable partnership . . . One of the finest musical partnerships over the last forty years or so . . . This treasure trove of music making starts with Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 . . . This is a performance of power and authority combined with wit and understanding. There is phenomenal playing here with intuitive accompaniment from Abbado and the Berlin players, a fine incisiveness with moments of supreme poetry . . . Abbado brings some raucous jazz elements to the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major . . . Argerich provides a freely improvisatory quality that is quite beguiling. Dramatic contrasts abound as well as some exquisitely pointed up details and poetic moments. Abbado draws from the orchestra some intoxicating orchestral sounds. There is a wonderfully restrained "adagio assai", surely one of the finest performances of this movement, exquisitely done by all . . . [Chopin / Piano Concerto no. 1]: Abbado and the LSO bring some stirring playing in the opening of the "allegro maestoso" with some beautifully turned woodwind passages. There is a lovely sensibility from Argerich, tremendous fluency, beautifully judged tempi and phrasing and a fine rubato . . . There is virtuosity galore in Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 . . . The live Lucerne recordings are excellent. These are memorable performances from a memorable partnership. If you haven't already got them, snap them up.

Au total, dix concertos pour plus de quatre heures quarante de musique souvent renversante sur des répertoires tant de fois enregistrés par leurs très nombreux illustres collègues, mais rarement avec tant de génie et surtout d'idées. Comme le dit le pianiste et journaliste Jed Distler, avec l'association Abbado/Argerich, l'inspiration volait haut, les étincelles jaillissaient, de nouvelles références s'imposaient, les auditeurs s'émerveillaient et les discophiles se réjouissaient . . .

. . . [une] alliance favorable. Déjà le programme Ravel Prokofiev mettait en relief leur complicité électrique, faite de finesse et d'éclats poétiques avec le Berliner Philharmoniker comme tapis instrumental des plus articulés. Même ivresse sonore et entente constellée d'accomplissements dans le Concerto de Tchaikovski avec les mêmes Berlinois et en 1994. Soulignons aussi les béatitudes diaprées d'une même compréhension mutuelle en 1968 pour ce couplage romantique, Chopin (orchestralement passionnant: une performance dont seul est capable l'immense Abbado) et Liszt (crépitant, fougueux, plus subtilement lumineux que crépusculaire) . . . Pourtant en 2013, Abbado nous épate par sa sérénité intérieure et un retour naturel à l'éloquente tendresse dont il fait son miel avec une Argerich toute . . . enfantine elle aussi.

Ce coffret de 5 disques réunit tous leurs enregistrements -- une dizaine de concertos dont deux versions du Concerto en sol de Ravel. Quarante-cinq ans sans nuages, peuplés d'éclairs de génie dès le programme Ravel-Prokofiev de 1967 avec le Berliner Philharmoniker. Même enivrement sonore dans le Concerto de Tchaikovski . . . une collaboration en forme d'osmose.