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Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, January 2009

The Medici Arts Verbier Festival DVD is a teaser. It offers performances presented by distinguished artists at the 2007 Festival, as listed above. There are intriguing items here including Martha Argerich’s performance of Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini, obviously a favorite work of hers as she already has recorded it twice on disk, once each with Giorgia Tomassi and Nelson Freire, and on video with Mauricio Vallina. Gabriela Montero is the pianist here. Also presented complete are Schubert’s Klavierstück in C played by Lars Vogt, Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite played by Nelson Freire, and Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 and the Horowitz transcription of music from Bizet’s Carmen played by Evgeny Kissin. Extraordinary performances indeed, but for the most part Kissin is filmed very close so viewers can watch him vigorously "singing" the music (distracting even though he makes no vocal sounds).We have three excerpts from Schumann’s Dichterliebe sung by Thomas Quasthoff, two movements from the same composer’s Piano Quintet, one movement each from Bartók and Ravel violin sonatas, and the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Joshua Bell.






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