For 11 straight years, pianist Martha Argerich has assembled her personal dream team of musicians for a festival in Switzerland — captured in an album of highlights.
MARTHA ARGERICH AND FRIENDS Live from Lugano 201 (EMI Classics)
A half-century of musicmaking seems only to have been a warmup for Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, who continues to wow with the immediacy and love she pours into every note she plays. There is life force in everything she touches. Continue reading →
This is the first in a weekly look at an indisputably great piece of music not frequently heard in concert. We’re starting with the Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84, completed by Edward Elgar in January 1919.
The Nash Ensemble performed this work on Thursday night at Koerner Hall. Following the performance, I heard several people say how much they enjoyed this piece, which they’d never heard before. Continue reading →
The Cecilia String Quartet performed for Toronto Summer Music at Walter Hall on Wednesday night (Liz Parker photo).
Chamber music concerts are so often seen as staid, serious events. But Wednesday night’s Toronto Summer Music performance by Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and pianist Georgy Tchaidze at Walter Hall was pure excitement. Continue reading →
The Zukerman Chamber Players at Koerner Hall on Tuesday (Liz Parker photo).
Thanks to artful interpretations by the Zukerman Chamber Players, the Toronto Summer Music Festival audience at Koerner Hall on Tuesday night experienced the full range of expression that chamber music is capable of.
The piano quintet can convey an incredible range of musical ideas, and violinists Pinchas Zukerman and Jessica Linnebach, Jethro Marks on viola, Amanda Forsyth on cello, and pianist Angela Cheng were outstanding in their ability to bring those ideas to life. Continue reading →