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Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire

  • Piano Duo


Martha Argerich & Nelson Freire press reviews

Piano duos are generally thought more fun for the players than for the audience: not here! Argerich and Freire, recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, are totally in sympathy; the perfectly balanced sonorities of the Brahms "Haydn" Variations proclaim that this is really special music-making. The playing is voiced with almost supernatural skill, each player responding to the other. Schubert's lovely "Rondo" sings lyrically; in Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances you hear new detail all the time, and with Ravel's La Valse at this supercharged voltage, who needs an orchestra?
- The Guardian