Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - Fast zu ernst
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - Furchtenmachen
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - Kind im Einschlummern
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - Der Dichter spricht
Schubert: Grand Rondeau In A Major, D. 951
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye - Pavane de la Belle
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye - Petit Poucet
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye - Laideronnette
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye - Les entretiens
Ravel: Ma mere l'oye - Le jardin feerique
Schubert: Sonata For Arpeggione & Piano In A Min., D. 821 - Allegro
Schubert: Sonata For Arpeggione & Piano In A Min., D. 821 - Adagio
Schubert: Sonata For Arpeggione & Piano In A Min., D. 821 - Allegretto
Bartok: Sonata For Violin & Piano No.1, Sz. 75 - Allegro appassionato
Bartok: Sonata For Violin & Piano No.1, Sz. 75 - Adagio
Bartok: Sonata For Violin & Piano No.1, Sz. 75 - Allegro
Lutoslawski: Variations on a theme by Paganini for 2 pianos
Mildred & Patty Hill: Happy Birthday
Martha Argerich :
Verbier Festival - Carte Blanche
Recorded live at the 2007 Verbier Festival, this very special evening took place when the Festival gave pianist Martha Argerich carte blanche to program any repertoire and with any colleagues she desired. The result was a special evening of music-making with an eclectic cast of friends and colleagues. Amidst all the chamber music, Argerich also performs Schumann's Kinderszenenin a rare solo moment. The album will be released July 31, 2015.
Martin Engstroem, Founder and Director of the Verbier Festival, likes to describe his festival as a "big workshop", an antidote to those starchy and predictable festivals where the same repertoire is played year after year. Verbier artists routinely learn new chamber repertoire, and play it with people they may not have met before. Martha Argerich has been a regular guest at the Festival since 1997, and for one night in 2007 she was given the chance to invite friends and colleagues for a concert of her own devising. The range of repertoire reflects not only her taste, but also that of her collaborators.
The program begins with Argerich joined by Julian Rachlin (violin) and Mischa Maisky (cello) for Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major op. 70 no. 1 "Ghost". What follows is the rare treat of hearing Argerich completely alone for Schumann's Kinderszenen. She is then joined by Lang Lang (piano) for Schubert's Rondo in A major D 951 "Grand Rondeau" as well as Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye for piano four hands.
After all this piano music, the concert features two sonatas: Schubert's Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor D 821with Yuri Bashmet (viola) and then Bartok's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 Sz 75 with Renaud Capuçon (violin). Then it's a return to piano music when Argerich is joined by Gabriela Montero (piano) for Lutosławski's Variations on a Theme of Paganinifor two pianos. The evening ends when Montero improvises on "Happy Birthday" for Lily Maisky.
This monumental concert was recorded live on July 27, 2007 in Verbier. Now, this archival performance is available for all to hear, not just the lucky audience eight years ago.