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Martha Argerich Concert Honoring Friedrich Gulda

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001OA071C/classicalnet

A Special Argerich Concert Honoring Her Teacher, Friedrich Gulda

Any opportunity to hear Martha Argerich play, even on DVD, is a special
occasion.  There is something about her playing that ignites excitement
in her listeners.  Part of that, aside from her magnificent musical
gifts, is her somewhat enigmatic persona, with her shyness, her frequent
cancellations, her absences from the concert stage for years at a time,
her reluctance to play primarily as a soloist and so on.  Here, on this
DVD, we have the pleasure of seeing her in a live performance on January
27, 2005 at Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo, in which she honors her most
important teacher, Friedrich Gulda, the one from which she says she
learned the most.  Gulda is especially revered in Japan, so this is a
fitting venue. She is joined by Gulda's two pianist sons, Paul and Rico;
Rico is from his second marriage to Yuko Wakiyama, and he, too, is
particularly well-known in Japan.  Argerich is joined as well as by
another set of brothers, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, violin and cello,
among her most frequent chamber music partners.  The New Japan Philharmonic
Orchestra is conducted by its music director, the Austrian Christian
Arming.

The program, featuring, with one exception, music by Mozart is a little
odd in that aside from full works there are some single movements
presented.  The program:

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K466, with Argerich as soloist.
If ever there was a Mozart concerto created for the likes of Argerich
it would be this one as it is Mozart's most dramatic.  She dazzles, and
is given superb support by the young orchestra.

Mozart: Concerto for Three Pianos in F Major, K242, with Argerich and
the Guldas - the third movement of this rarely heard work features a
three-piano cadenza with the same melody as the one from the familiar
Concerto No. 21 in C which was made universally familiar by Gulda pere's
recording used for the film, 'Elvira Madigan'.

Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op. 56, third movement, Argerich, the
Capucons - gorgeous playing.  Clearly the three soloists are in complete
accord.

Mozart: Adagio in E Major, K261, and Rondo in C Major, K373 - Renaud
Capucon, violin. The Adagio was a replacement, requested of Mozart by a
soloist, for the adagio of the Violin Concerto No. 5.  It is sometimes
heard alone or in place of the movement usually played.  The early Rondo
is the last piece Mozart wrote before leaving Salzburg for Vienna.  There
is no questioning why Capucon is one of the fastest-rising young violinists
in today's music world; he is simply marvelous.

Mozart: Symphony No. 32 in G Major, K318. This is a dramatic, rarely
heard symphony whose three movements are played without pause, rather
like a typical opera overture of the period and indeed there are some
who wonder if it wasn't composed for that purpose.  It lasts only ten
minutes, again like a typical Mozart opera overture.  It is given a
pellucid performance by this orchestra of young Japanese musicians.

There is, finally, a three-minute 'behind the scenes' track that shows
snippets of rehearsal and backstage talk.  I was charmed by the still
photograph of the very young Argerich with Friedrich Gulda.  And I liked
the little bit where Argerich talks with Gulda's sons about how important
their father had been to her.

This is definitely a keeper for anyone who is smitten with Argerich.
The music-making is all first-rate, too.

Running time: 112mins; Sound: LPCM stereo; Format: 16:9; The brief
spoken bits are in English with subtitles in French, German, Spanish.

Scott Morrison

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