Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich at their recording sessions at the Salle Colonne in Paris (Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Millot)
Album Review: Schumann and Bach: Works for violin and piano: Itzhak Perlman’s rich lyricism and Martha Argerich’s famed spontaneity make a heady combination
By Richard Fairman
September 30, 2016
Schumann and Bach
Works for violin and piano
Martha Argerich and Itzhak Perlman
It was 1998 when Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich first collaborated in a recital at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
A live recording of Schumann’s Violin Sonata No.1 from that inspiring occasion starts this disc.
They say they were “enchanted” by working together, but no further opportunity came until the studio recordings that make up this recital programme: Schumann’s three Fantasiestücke Op.73, Brahms’s fiery Scherzo in C Minor and Bach’s Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No. 4.
In all of them Perlman’s rich lyricism and Argerich’s famed spontaneity make a heady combination.
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