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Mozart;Wolfgang Amadeus Live F [Import]


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Legendary pianist Martha Argerich stars in radiant
performances of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
recorded live in Tokyo at one of three 5th anniversary
memorial concerts she gave 'In Joyful Remembrance of
Friedrich Gulda', her teacher. Christian Arming conducts
the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with great vitality,
and Martha Argerich is joined on stage by the renowned
Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, as well as Gulda's sons Paul
and Rico, who accompany her in a jubilant performance of
Mozart's Concerto for three pianos in F major, K.242.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Special Argerich Concert Honoring Her Teacher, Friedrich Gulda April 3 2009
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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 Capuçon, 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 in the film, 'Elvira Madigan'.

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

Mozart: Adagio in E Major, K261, and Rondo in C Major, K373 - Renaud Capuçon, 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 Capuçon 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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
generally fine performances Jan. 2 2011
By Jmam - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mozart piano concerto no.20 is performed excellently, and Argerich plays this very difficult, abstract piano part with excellent, nuanced interpretation on a very nice Steinway. The concerto for three pianos is okay, however, to me it seems like the tempo was a bit too fast, and that the both the orchestra and the pianists played somewhat mechanically. The players played the concerto for three pianos with too much staccato, but this particular piece requires more legato to bring out the melody smoothly.
The triple concerto was nicely performed, however.
A winner Jan. 8 2011
By Gerhard P. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Martha Argerich is in excellent form and her strong, technically brilliant and, at the same time, subtle and introspective interpretation of the D minor concerto alone is worth the price of this DVD. In the Concerto for Three Pianos (musically lesser Mozart, but quite demanding of the soloists), she is joined by Paul and Rico Gulda (sons of Friedrich Gulda), and the collaboration is both flawless and inspired. Conductor Christian Arming and his New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra musicians provide outstanding support and shine as well in the generous bonus performances. Film and audio are top-notch. This is a winner.
Martha Argerich Jan. 1 2014
By Delia Argerich Nieto - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel very proud of Martha Argerich because she is considered the best pianist since Clara Shuman
Delia Argerich Nieto

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A good program except..... Dec 29 2013
By Walt - Published on Amazon.com
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The Mozart Concerto was excellent as was the piano trio. However during the Beethoven, on my copy at least, a low frequency rumble began. It sounded like some sort of electronic artifact but whatever it was it ruined the rest of the recording. This is why I downgraded my rating. Without the low frequency artifact it would rate at least 4 stars.


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