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Martha’s Marathon Playing

July 30, 2007

Can you believe that? At an age of 66, Martha performed almost 3 1/2 hours, including the intermission, of piano playing at Verbier Festival on July 27, 2007. Not mentioned that lately her health problem often put off her scheduled concerts.

I’m writing this blog post while watching the video replay at medici-arts.tv. The programme is amazing, and this is the first time I heard Argerich playing Beethoven’s Ghost Trio. I certainly hope they will release a DVD for this concert. Here is the outline of the programme:

  • Beethoven (1770-1827): Trio in D major, <Ghost Trio>, op.70-1 – Martha Argerich (piano), Julian Rachlin (violin), Mischa Maisky (cello)
  • Schumann (1810-1856): Kinderszenen op. 15 – Martha Argerich (piano)
  • Schubert (17997-1828): “Grand Rondo” four mains in A major D.951 – Martha Argerich, Lang Lang (piano)
  • Ravel (1875-1937): Ma Mère l’Oye, “Cinq Pièces Enfantines” four hands – Martha Argerich, Lang Lang (piano)

INTERMISSION

  • Schubert (1797-1828): Sonata for arpeggione and piano in A minor D.821 – Martha Argerich (piano)
  • Bartok (1881-1945): Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in C sharp minor Sz.75 – Renaud Capuçon (violin), Martha Argerich (piano)
  • Lutoslawski (1913-1994): Variations on a them by Paganini for two pianos – Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero (piano)
  • Encore: Improvision on the theme of Happy Birthday by Cabriela Montero*

* Love to see how Argerich moved her head while listening to Montero’s playing.

Screenshots of playing Beethove’s work:

Argerich’s not-so-feminine hand 🙂

PS: By the way, I am surprised to see that she was playing with Lang Lang. 😛

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