Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim Piano Duos

martha  I was most delighted and surprised to find this rare DVD on the library shelf on a recent visit. It is a live recording from the Philhamonie Berlin on 19 April 2014.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim were both born in Buenos Aires one year apart, and first met as children  (9 and 8 years old respectively) in 1949. they not only ‘played children’s games undre the table’, but also sight-read and played the piano together. These two child talents are among the greatest pianists in the world today, with Barenboim also a well-known and respected conductor.

This 2014 recital is absolutely brilliant, and the pieces performed are:

  • Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K.448 by W. A. Mozart,
  • Variations on an Original Theme in A flat Major D.813 by Franz Schubert for Piano Four Hands, and
  • Le sacre de printemps by Igor Stravinsky (Versiion for Piano Four Hands arranged by the composer himself).

I wish I can find more such DVDs on the shelves of the library@esplanade.

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