Title - 'Live from Buenos Aires'
Artist - Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim
For those not in the classical know, Martha Argerich is an Argentinian-Swiss pianist, widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century.
Argerich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her paternal ancestors were Catalonians based in Buenos Aires since the 18th century. Her maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire, who settled in Colonia Villa Clara in the Entre Ríos province—one of the colonies established by Baron de Hirsch and the Jewish Colonization Association.
Argerich rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at age 24. In that same year, she debuted in the United States in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series. In 1960, she had made her first commercial recording, which included works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt; it received critical acclaim upon its release in 1961. In 1967, she recorded Chopin's Polonaise, Op. 53.
Daniel Barenboim is an Argentine-Israeli pianist and conductor, who also is a citizen of Israel and Spain. He is general music director of the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and La Scala in Milan.
Barenboim is known for his work with the West–Eastern Dvan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
In what is simply a STUNNING live work of musical art, Peral Music via Deutsche Grammophon have released a recording of yet another of the legendary concerts that Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich have given in the Teatro Colón; in this case in the summer of 2015.
Indeed, the program was recorded in July during the second Festival de Música y Reflexión that Daniel Barenboim established in 2014 in his native Argentina.
1. I. Pas trop vite
2. II. Avec beaucoup d'expression
3. III. Andantino
4. IV. Espressivo
5. V. Pas trop vite
6. VI. Adagio
7. I. Avec emportement
8. II. Lent. Sombre
9. III. Scherzando
10. I.Assai lento
11. II. Lento, ma non troppo
12. III. Allegro non troppo
Following the outstanding success of last years inaugural album, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich elected to perform chamber music together in the city of their birth. On the program were works for two pianos: Debussys arrangement of Schumanns Six Studies in Canon Form, Debussys own En blanc et noir and Béla Bartóks Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.
Argentine press said about the performance: One year on, the exciting encounter between the lively Martha and the masterly Daniel has once again produced magnificent and indeed fabulous results. There was magic from the first note onward. And I couldn't agree more. Acknowledged the world over as one of the greatest, if not the greatest living pianists, Martha Argerich goes from strength to strength as a performer. Bravo!
On a foot note, Argerich is president of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and performs each year at the Lugano Festival. She also created and has been General Director of the Argerich Music Festival and Encounter in Beppu, Japan, since 1996. Also, her widely-known aversion to the press and publicity has resulted in her remaining out of the limelight for most of her career. Nevertheless she is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of her time.