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Duo Piano Extravaganza: Music by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bartok, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Saint-Saens, Ravel

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 27 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041D3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Tema. Andante
2. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Variation 1
3. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Variation 2
4. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Variation 3
5. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Variation 4
6. Andante With 5 Variations, K501: Variation 5
7. Suite No. 2, Op. 17 For Two Pianos: Introduction (Alla Marcia)
8. Suite No. 2, Op. 17 For Two Pianos: Waltz (Presto)
9. Suite No. 2, Op. 17 For Two Pianos: Romance (Andantino)
10. Suite No. 2, Op. 17 For Two Pianos: Tarantella (Presto)
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Variations On A Theme By Paganini For 2 Pianosi: Variations On A Theme By Paganini
2. Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion: Assai Lento - Allegro Molto
3. Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion: Lento, Ma Non Troppo
4. Sonata For 2 Pianos And Percussion: Allegro Non Troppo
5. Le Carnaval des Animaux: 1. Introduction Et Marche Royale Du Lion
6. Le Carnaval des Animaux: 2. Poules Et Coqs
7. Le Carnaval des Animaux: 3. Hemiones (Animaux Veloces)
8. Le Carnava-Des Animaux: 4. Tortues
9. Le Carnaval des Animaux: 5. L'elephant
10. Le Carnaval des Animaux: 6. Kangourous
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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Format: Audio CD
This is a double CD of SUPERVIRTUOSO duo piano playing featuring a lot of music you will not easily find at a bargain price. Argerich is one of the legends of the classical piano world and her collaborators (Kovacevich and Freire)are amazing pianists in their own right, more than up to the formidable challenge of playing alongside her.
My particular favorites include the savagely intense Bartok with percussion, the fantastically subtle and atmospheric Debussy piece "En Blanc et Noir," and the famously melodic "Carnival of Animals" by Saint Saens." The TOP HONORS, however are reserved for the INCREDIBLE version of Ravel's "La Valse," easily the best ever. Argerich and Kovacevich just soar into the stratosphere on this one, electrifying the air molecules into magical disentropy.
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By A Customer on March 23 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the very first Marta Argerich CD I've bought and frankly I'm very impressed. The Rachmaninov Suite is simply mind boggling - I'm sure its the sort of performance Rachmaninov only dreamed of w/o ever expecting it to become a reality!! Of course the real chemistry here is Argerich & Freire together - who can possibly beat that! Another 'revealing' piece is the Lutoslawski -short but very exciting (also curiously similar to Rachmaninov's version of the same period). Everything else -though not quite so amazing - was wonderfull too. I STRONGLY recommend this one!
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This is a stunning album of duo piano favorites. Marta Argerich is one of the finest pianists currently on the concert circuit. On this complilation CD she teams with two other pianists to perform exciting renditions of some of the classic pieces in the duo piano genre. Standouts include the amazing performance of the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. This may be my favorite performance of this piece. It is savage and violent in the first movement, deeply mysterious in the second and playful and life-affirming in the final movement. The performance of the Lutoslawski Variations makes a good case for this work as a worthy successor to other variation sets on this marvelous Paganini Capriccio. The performance of La Valse is the first one that I've heard that doesn't make me yearn for the orchestra. And the Rachmaninov is spectacular.
Why only four stars then? Well, given the wealth of material for duo pianists, I find the inclusion of the Bartok Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra to be mistaken at best. This work is a recasting of the Sonata heard on the second disc, and it's a poor recasting at that. The propulsive power of the Sonata is smoothed out by the orchestra, and the added string lines don't really do anything for the piece at all. Better selections might have been the Mozaqrt Sonata for Two Pianos or the Stravinsky Two Piano music. I know that Argerich has recorded the Mozart for Phillips, so I am baffled by this programming choice.
All in all though, you can't go wrong. And at a Phillips Twofer price, this disc is a pleasant addition to your collection indeed!
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