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'Carte Blanche'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Carte Blanche'

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'Carte blanche'

Bartok Violin Sonata No 1, Sz75 (a)

Beethoven Piano Trio No 5, 'Ghost', Op 70 No 1 (b)

Lutoslawski Variations on a Theme of Paganini (c)

Montero Improvisation on 'Happy Birthday' (d)

Ravel Ma Mere l'Oye (e) Schubert Grand Rondeau, D951 (e). Arpeggione Sonata, D821' Schumann Kinderszenen, Op 15 (g)

(abcefg) Martha Argerich pf with (a) Renaud Capucon, (b) Julian Rachlin vns (f) Yuri Bashmet va (b) Mischa Maisky vc (e) Lang Lang, (cd) Gabriela Montero pfs

DG (M) (2) 479 5096GH2 (138' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Verbier Festival, July 27, 2007

The Verbier Festival gave Martha Argerich carte blanche to invite her best friends to perform with her for one night only in 2007, and this, eight years later, is the souvenir double album, as DG begins to open up its Argerich/Verbier archive. The acoustic isn't as generous as EMI/Warner achieve in Lugano and there is a good helping of audience noise (especially damaging at the outset of 'Traumerei'). Only Schubert's Grande Rondeau appears to be new to the Argerich discography. But what a night it must have been!

Argerich, Rachlin and Maisky tear into Beethoven's Ghost Trio for the sort of performance you'd revisit again and again. …

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