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Lugano Concertos

Lugano Concertos by Martha Argerich
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Dg
This four-CD set is drawn from the festival-within-a-festival devoted to the pianist each year at Lugano since 2002. There's much to enjoy: Poulenc's two-piano concerto is a fresh item in Argerich's repertoire, and sounds it. The last work -- Milhaud's "Scaramouche" for four hands -- might make you hope for the pianist to push ahead with that composer's oeuvre. The Beethoven is OK, while Stravinsky's "Les Noces" is a bit off (and the Bartok a touch underpowered). But in Prokofiev's first and third concertos -- rather familiar pieces to this pianist -- Argerich is fire.
Seth Colter Walls

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