Friday, February 24, 2017
She was due to play Torino, Genoa and Florence with Lilya Zilberstein next week. Here ‘s the reason: Salta l’atteso tour italiano di Martha Argerich e Lilya Zilberstein: «L’Unione Musicale è spiacente di annunciare di essere stata informata ieri sera dalla signora Martha Argerich, a mezzo dell’agente che la rappresenta in Italia, che per un improvviso motivo di salute l’artista ha annullato l’intera tournée italiana, che prevedeva nel corrente mese di febbraio il concerto già programmato a Torino (17/2) oltre a quelli di Genova (Gog, 20/2) e Firenze (Amici della Musica 19/2), nonché altri impegni internazionali successivi».
Last year the government of the town where the museum (in the composer's former house) is located forbade France-TV to film there; last month a local official called the police on Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich while they were visiting; last week the custodian, on the job for 30 years, was fired; there are concerns that objects and archives are missing. Sanjoy Roy looks into the situation and explains why losing the museum permanently would be a tragedy.
Her long-standing festival in Lugano may have run out of sponsor s but Martha Argerich still has friends in Japan. She has been named general director of the Oita Peace Symphony, retitled ‘Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu’, announced today. The festival will take place from May 6 to 26. Se has been to Beppu before but this is the first time she has a formal title, apparently.
Royal Festival Hall, London Yuri Temirkanov led a measured performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth, while pianist Martha Argerich dazzled with Prokofiev The St Petersburg Philharmonic’s London concert under Yuri Temirkanov closed with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, of which the orchestra gave the world premiere 80 years ago. Their close association with the composer’s music gives their performances an inevitable reputation for authority, but this was a low-key interpretation, faultlessly played – as one might expect from this most resplendent of orchestras – although occasionally lacking tension and abrasion.Temirkanov shaded the first movement towards elegy. The march that intrudes on its course was not as menacing as it can be, and the scherzo was similarly short on bite. The emotional level intensified in the largo, and the finale was edge-of-your-seat stuff, with a powerful final lurch into forced triumphalism. Continue reading...
Venue: Southbank Centre Address: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Telephone:0844 847 9910 Public transport:Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, on York Road, on Belvedere Road and on Stamford Street. Performers: St. Petersburg philharmonic, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov Program: Khachaturian’s Adagio Of Spartacus And Phrygia Suite No 2 and Dance Of The Gaditanian Maidens And Victory Of Spartacus From Spartacus, Suite No 1 Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, with Martha Argerich, piano. Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5 In D Minor