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Our week of food & music at the Progetto Martha Argerich got off to a perfect start last night with dinner under the stars in the garden of the Stella d'Italia.
Our musical programme starts tonight with a gala concert at the new LAC Concert Hall in Lugano with both Martha Argerich and Cecilia Bartoli in a programme including:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major. K 364
Vilde Frang (violin); Nathan Braude (viola)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Recitativo and aria “Ch’io mi sordi di te” K 505
Cecilia Bartoli, Martha Argerich Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Parto, parto. Ma tu ben mio”, aria from La clemenza di Tito
Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis
Ludwig van Beethoven Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
Ludwig van Beethoven Fantasia Chorale op. 80
Martha Argerich, the Choir of Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and conductor Diego Fasolis
1977 and what must have been THE concert of the season for the orchestra (let alone Preston!). Sir Charles Groves and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are joined by the then 36 year old Martha Argerich for a performance of Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto at the Guildhall in Preston.
The remarkable thing today is that it's available to watch on the marvellous French internet resource www.medici.tv
If you click on the link below you can watch the first few minutes before being prompted to subscribe (initially free) with your email address. This will allow you to stream 100 perfomances each year without cost after which you would need to choose a paid subscription.
The quality and depth of the archive material is fantastic while their support for live performance is outstanding when most state subsidised TV companies have long ago give up on classical repertoire (with the notable exception of the BBC Proms).
This year Medici will carry every concert from the Verbier Festival live along with another 100 or more live performances from around the world. They also have a massive back catalogue of performances in classical, opera, ballet & contemporary dance formats.
The picture above is of Martha and the late Claudio Abbado in 1967.
Take ten minutes out of your day to watch this inspiring video entitled "The Alchemy of Discovery" with Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan.
Maestro Music Lovers will head to Lugano on June 23rd for five concerts & recitals of the 'Progetto Martha Argerich' including two in the new LAC Concert Hall.
The week has a mouth-watering line up of artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Misha Maisky, Nelson Goerne, Polina Leschenko, Ilya Gringolts, Lilya Zilberstein, Dora Schwarzberg, Lyda Chen (Martha's daughter) and Lilly Maisky (Misha's daughter!) as well as several performances by Martha Argerich and a recital of J.S. Bach Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 by Sergei Babayan.
It is reported that following the withdrawal of sponsorship from BSI (Banca Svitzzera Italiana) this may be the last year of the Progetto. We very much hope that having found the sense to build itself a proper concert hall, the city of Lugano will ensure that this annual gathering of outstanding musicians is allowed to continue long into the future.
Meanwhile click below to lose yourself for 10 minutes........