Martha Argerich Project 2016

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170103

Fiona Talkington presents highlights from the Martha Argerich Project 2016.

Founded fifteen years ago by the legendary Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich to nurture and promote talented young performers, the city of Lugano has become each year a melting pot of ideas and a training centre for musical ensembles. This week she can be heard in collaborations with musicians young and old in what is probably her final festival in Lugano. Later in the week she can be heard as a soloist in Ravel's Gaspard and in partnership with Stephen Kovacevich, whilst today's programme sees young musicians collaborating in music by Richard Strauss and a seldom heard arrangement of Bach by Max Reger, whose music was featured at the festival.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G, op. 96

Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Martha Argerich (piano)

Strauss arr Denemark: Notturno, op. 44/1.

Mark Denemark (clarinet), Lyda Chen (viola), Gabriele Baldocci (piano)

Bach arr Reger: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048

Alexander Gurning and Alexander Mogilevsky (pianos)

Photo of Martha Argerich (c) Adriano Heitmann/Immagina.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170104

Fiona Talkington presents highlights from the Martha Argerich Project 2016.

The legendary Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich hosts this festival in Lugano in which she features old friends and new talents and nurtures the next generation of chamber musicians.

Falla: Two Spanish Dances from La Vida breve

Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner (pianos)

Debussy: Minstrels, from Preludes, Book I

Mischa Maisky (cello), Lily Maisky (piano)

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (vers. for two pianos)

Stephen Kovacevich and Martha Argerich (pianos)

Fauré: Piano Quintet in C minor, op. 115

Alexander Gurning (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Alissa Margulis (violin), Nora Romanoff (viola), Jinh Zhao (cello)

Saint-Saëns: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix, from 'Samson et Dalila'

Photo of Martha Argerich (c) Adriano Heitmann/Immagina.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170105

Fiona Talkington presents highlights from the Martha Argerich Project 2016.

The legendary Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich is heard today performing with the Albanian violinist Tedi Papavrami and the American pianist, Sergei Babayan. These performances were recorded at her festival held since 2002 in Lugano on the banks of Lake Ceresio in Switzerland.

Brahms arr. Griguoli: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Giorgio Tomassi, Carlo Maria Griguoli and Alessandro Stella (3 pianos)

Brahms: Intermezzos in A minor, Op. 76 no. 7 and in A flat, Op. 76 no. 3

Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

Bach: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017

Tedi Papavrami (violin), Martha Argerich (piano)

Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, K448

Sergei Babayan and Martha Argerich (pianos)

Photo of Martha Argerich (c) Adriano Heitmann/Immagina.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20170106

Fiona Talkington presents highlights from the Martha Argerich Project 2016. In the last programme this week, Martha Argerich plays Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit. Although she has played this remarkable work many times in her career, the now legendary pianist vowed some time ago not to give solo performances in public. But here she is in Lugano playing it in public again in what has been billed as her last Argerich Project. After the eerie world of Ravel's Gibet and Scarbo the week ends with Saint-Saëns's joyful Septet featuring the exuberant trumpet of former BBC New generation Artist Giuliano Sommerhalder.

Ravel: Tzigane.

Alissa Margulis (violin), Jura Margulis (piano)

Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

Aloysius Bertrand's poems recited by Annie Dutoit

Martha Argerich (piano)

Saint-Saëns: Septet in E flat, op. 65

Giuliano Sommerhalder (trumpet)

Sacha Maisky and Mayu Kishima (violins)

Lyda Chen (viola),

Mischa Maisky (cello)

Alexandros Kapelis (piano)

Photo of Martha Argerich (c) Adriano Heitmann/Immagina.