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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" & Piano Sonata No. 17, "Tempest"

Martha Argerich & Theodosia Ntokou

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ("Pastoral"), was transcribed several times; the version played here is by 19th century composer Selmar Bagge, and doubtless, many people heard the work for the first time through this medium. The seemingly indestructible Martha Argerich takes the lead part here, and the results are marvelous. Martha Argerich plays the "Pastoral" Symphony! A gift for the Argerich fan who has everything. Bagge's version takes steps to make the work pianistic, and Argerich steps up to the challenge; right from the entrancing opening measures of the first movement, the reading has the well-sculpted quality of a great symphonic performance. The second part is played by pianist Theodosia Ntokou, a protégée of Argerich's, and for many listeners, the big news here will be that the performance of the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 ("Tempest"), is not by Argerich but by Ntokou, who emerges as influenced by Argerich but not a clone. She offers a fine, distinctive "Tempest" that dials back the drama in the outer movements and places the slow movement front and center in a fantasy-like treatment. It's an unorthodox reading that's fully thought out, and it adds to the evidence that Argerich may have found her successor. An entirely absorbing and delightful recording.
© TiVo

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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande. Allegro ma non troppo (Arr. Bagge for Piano 4-Hands)
Martha Argerich
00:11:23

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Martha Argerich, Piano, MainArtist - Selmar Bagge, Arranger - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": II. Szene am Bach. Andante molto moto (Arr. Bagge for Piano 4-Hands)
Martha Argerich
00:12:23

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Martha Argerich, Piano, MainArtist - Selmar Bagge, Arranger - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute. Allegro (Arr. Bagge for Piano 4-Hands)
Martha Argerich
00:05:03

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Martha Argerich, Piano, MainArtist - Selmar Bagge, Arranger - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": IV. Gewitter. Sturm. Allegro (Arr. Bagge for Piano 4-Hands)
Martha Argerich
00:03:48

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Martha Argerich, Piano, MainArtist - Selmar Bagge, Arranger - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": V. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm. Allegretto (Arr. Bagge for Piano 4-Hands)
Martha Argerich
00:08:57

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Martha Argerich, Piano, MainArtist - Selmar Bagge, Arranger - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2, "Tempest": I. Largo - Allegro
Theodosia Ntokou
00:08:58

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2, "Tempest": II. Adagio
Theodosia Ntokou
00:08:25

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31 No. 2, "Tempest": III. Allegretto
Theodosia Ntokou
00:06:36

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Theodosia Ntokou, Piano, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ("Pastoral"), was transcribed several times; the version played here is by 19th century composer Selmar Bagge, and doubtless, many people heard the work for the first time through this medium. The seemingly indestructible Martha Argerich takes the lead part here, and the results are marvelous. Martha Argerich plays the "Pastoral" Symphony! A gift for the Argerich fan who has everything. Bagge's version takes steps to make the work pianistic, and Argerich steps up to the challenge; right from the entrancing opening measures of the first movement, the reading has the well-sculpted quality of a great symphonic performance. The second part is played by pianist Theodosia Ntokou, a protégée of Argerich's, and for many listeners, the big news here will be that the performance of the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 ("Tempest"), is not by Argerich but by Ntokou, who emerges as influenced by Argerich but not a clone. She offers a fine, distinctive "Tempest" that dials back the drama in the outer movements and places the slow movement front and center in a fantasy-like treatment. It's an unorthodox reading that's fully thought out, and it adds to the evidence that Argerich may have found her successor. An entirely absorbing and delightful recording.
© TiVo

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