Verbier Festival Best of 2014 Martha Argerich

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  • Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp minor Op.19 'Sonata Fantasy'
  • 1Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19: I. Andante08:36
  • 2Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 19: II. Presto04:35
  • Etudes op.8
  • 3Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor01:53
  • 4Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 11 in B-Flat Minor04:39
  • 5Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 12 in D-Sharp Minor02:23
  • Arvo Prät (1935-):
  • 6Pärt: Für Aline03:08
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
  • 7Chopin: Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 6009:25
  • Edward Nesbit (1986-):
  • 8Nesbit: To Dance on Sands - Creation for 8 cellos13:22
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893):
  • 9Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23: III. Allegro con fuoco07:04
  • Rodion Shchedrin (1932-2015):
  • 10Shchedrin: Moscow-Petushki11:01
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
  • 11Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture to Act 106:26
  • 12Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72, Act 1: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin (Leonore)06:58
  • Hector Berlioz (1803-1869):
  • 13Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Act 1: Hungarian March04:43
  • 14Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Act 3: Merci doux cr?puscule (Faust)05:10
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901):
  • 15Verdi: Don Carlo, Act 3: Ella giammai m'amo (Filippo II)09:55
  • 16Verdi: Don Carlo, Act 4: Il Grande Inquisitor! (Il Conte di Lerma, L'Inquisitore, Filippo II)09:49
  • Total Runtime01:49:07

Info for Verbier Festival Best of 2014

Erato presents one of Europe’s most celebrated classical events – the annual Verbier Festival – releasing an official album for the first time, presenting highlights from the thrilling 2014 concerts.

Since 1994, the high-profile, high-altitude festival in the Swiss Alps has been a breath of fresh air for musicians and audiences alike, each year attracting a who’s who of classical music without losing the intimacy and community fostered in this uniquely inspiring locale.

Twenty years after the first festival, the 2014 edition was no exception, with pianists Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Daniil Trifonov and Jan Lisiecki, along with cellists Mischa Maisky and Gautier Capuçon, headlining a long list in which living legends rub shoulders with the younger generation of classical luminaries.

The dynamic young Verbier Festival Orchestra was conducted by revered maestri Charles Dutoit (an electrifying Tchaikovsky B-flat Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich), Marc Minkowski (Beethoven Fidelio – highlights) and Daniel Harding (Verdi’s Don Carlo). The festival also commissioned two important world premieres: Rodion Shchedrin’s Moscow-Petushki Dramatic Fragment for Orchestra, and young British composer Edward Nesbit’s To Dance On Sands for eight cellos.

The magical atmosphere and live excitement of this orchestral, opera and chamber music idyll are captured here on disc and digital audio platforms for the first time, for release in July. Just in time for the 2015 festival featuring Joyce DiDonato and Angela Gheorghiu, Edgar Moreau, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and more in another sensational line-up.

Evgeny Kissin, piano (Etudes op.8)
Daniil Trifonov, piano (Theme and Variations in F major Op.19 No.6)
Jan Lisiecki, piano (Lyric Pieces Op.12 No.1, Op.71 No.3)
Sergei Babayan, piano (Barcarolle Op 60)

To Dance On Sands for 8 cellos
Adrian Brendel, cello
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Lionel Cottet, cello
Amanda Forsyth, cello
Clemens Hagen, cello
Mischa Maisky, cello
Istvan Várdai, cello
Kyril Zlotnikov, cello

The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Martha Argerich, piano
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

A Baroque Journey with Daniel Hope and Friends
Daniel Hope, violin
Jonathan Cohen, cello
Emmanuele Forni, theorbo
Michael Metzler, percussion
Naoki Kitaya, harpsichord

Moscow-Petushki Dramatic Fragment for Orchestra
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor

Fidelio op.23
Ingela Brimberg (Leonore)
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Marc Minkowski, conductor

La Damnation de Faust
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Don Carlo, acts III and IV (version in 4 acts, Milan 1884)
Mikhail Petrenko (L’inquisitore)
Chad Kranak (Il Conte Di Lerma)
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor

Martha Argerich
was born in Buenos Aires. From the age of five, she took piano lessons with Vicenzo Scaramuzza. In 1955 she went to Europe with her family, and received tuition from Friedrich Gulda in Vienna; her teachers also included Nikita Magaloff and Stefan Askenase. Following her first prizes in the piano competitions in Bolzano and Geneva in 1957, she embarked on an intensive programme of concerts. Her victory in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965 was a decisive step on her path to worldwide recognition.

Martha Argerich rose to fame with her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. But she does not regard herself as a specialist in 'virtuoso' works - her repertoire ranges from Bach through Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel, to Bartók.

Martha Argerich has worked as a concert pianist with many famous conductors. She has also attached great importance to chamber music ever since, at the age of 17, she accompanied the violinist Joseph Szigeti - two generations older than herself. She has toured Europe, America and Japan with Gidon Kremer and Mischa Maisky and has also recorded much of the repertory for four hands and for two pianos with the pianists Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Nicolas Economou and Alexandre Rabinovitch. Martha Argerich has performed at Gidon Kremer's festival in Lockenhaus, at the Munich Piano Summer, the Lucerne Festival and at the Salzburg Festival, where she gave, for instance, a recital with Mischa Maisky in 1993.

She appeared with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic at the 1992 New Year's Eve Concert with Strauss's Burleske and also at the Salzburg Festival at Easter 1993. May 1998 saw the long-awaited musical 'summit meeting' between Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. On the occasion of a memorial concert for the impresario Reinhard Paulsen, the three artists came together in Japan, where they performed piano trios by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky (recorded live by DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON). In March 2000 Martha Argerich gave her first great solo appearance in almost 20 years in New York's Carnegie Hall.

Martha Argerich has close ties with DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, dating back to 1967. She has recorded prolifically during this period: solo works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann; concerto recordings of works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Prokofiev with Claudio Abbado, Beethoven with Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Stravinsky's Les Noces with Leonard Bernstein. Her recording of Shostakovich's First and Haydn's Eleventh Piano Concertos with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn conducted by Jörg Färber was crowned with the Tokyo RECORD ACADEMY AWARD in 1995 and that of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the CD COMPACT AWARD in 1997.

She has also dedicated herself to chamber music, and has recorded works by Schumann and Chopin with Mstislav Rostropovich, and cello sonatas by both Bach and Beethoven with Mischa Maisky. She has made numerous successful recordings with Gidon Kremer, such as violin sonatas by Schumann and works by Bartók, Janácek and Messiaen (PRIX CAECILIA 1991), and Mendelssohn's concerto for violin and piano with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Their recording of Prokofiev sonatas and melodies received the 1992 Tokyo RECORD ACADEMY AWARD, the DIAPASON D'OR 1992 and the EDISON AWARD 1993. One of their most outstanding recording achievements was that of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Nos.1-3: RECORD ACADEMY AWARD 1985), which was concluded with the release of the Sonatas op. 47 'Kreutzer' and op. 96 in 1995. Among her more recent releases is the above-mentioned live recording of piano trios by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer.

Martha Argerich takes a great supportive interest in young artists. In September 1999 the first International 'Martha Argerich' Piano Competition took place in Buenos Aires - a competition which does not only carry her name but in which she is president of the jury. In November 1999 the second 'Martha Argerich Music Festival' took place in southern Japan, with concerts and masterclasses being given not only by Martha Argerich but also by Mischa Maisky and Nelson Freire among others.

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