Debussy: Fantaisie, La Mer, Violin & Cello Sonatas / Argerich, Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
In 1949, two Argentinian child prodigies met and made music together for the first time - Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim - the rest, as they say, is history. Childhood friends, they rank as two of the world's golden musicians as well as incomparable pianists, and over the years they have developed a close artistic partnership. To celebrate her 80th birthday, Argerich releases her first recording of Debussy's Fantaisie accompanied by Maestro Barenboim and "his" Staatskapelle Berlin.
Michael Barenboim and Kian Soltani are the concertmaster and principal cellist of the Barenboim-founded West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, so the stellar quality of their playing is no more a surprise than Barenboim’s richly detailed and hyper-alert accompanying which never dominates proceedings.
– BBC Magazine
It seems the Fantaisie is work utterly suited to Argerisch's febrile virtuosity and there’s a freshness to her playing that utterly belies her years, while her sense of shading and dynamic is a constant delight.
Catalog Number: B003380502
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Composer: Claude Debussy
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich
Orchestra/Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
Performer: Kian Soltani, Martha Argerich, Michael Barenboim