Live on takt1: Argerich & The Vienna Symphony

Author: takt1

03 MARCH 2020: Lahav Shani, Martha Argerich and the Vienna Symphony with Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, live from Wiener Konzerthaus.

  • Martha Argerich | Copyright: © Adriano Heitmann/Immagina / Warner Classics

    Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitmann/Immagina / Warner Classics

An evening of Russian favorites. Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto is his most popular – a highly imaginative work whose rather classical form makes it highly accessible. The soloist is one of the grandes dames of the instrument, Martha Argerich, who combines beautiful tone with breakneck virtuosity.

In the second half, Lahav Shani conducts the Vienna Philharmonic with Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances” – a rich work full of rhythmic power, drama and idyllic musical moments. It was Rachmaninov’s final work, and in the popular opening movement he quotes his own (unsuccessful) first symphony, whose failure plunged him into a deep crisis. Rachmaninov, who was always highly self-critical, would later describe it as his best work.

Recording location Wiener Konzerthaus
Recording date 3 March 2020
Production year 2020
Production Company takt1
Coproduction Company sone media
Producer Simeon Klein
Director Michael Ciniselli
Sound Engineer Georg Burdicek
English title of music work Piano Concerto No. 3 C major op. 26
Composer Sergei Prokofiev
English title of music work Symphonic Dances op. 45
Composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra / Band Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor Lahav Shani
Soloist Martha Argerich



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