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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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.
The triple concerto was nicely performed, however.
Delia Argerich Nieto
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