Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich, and Mischa Maisky play Bach, Mozart, and Grieg

Verbier Festival 2008

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One very special summer evening in 2008, the ever-astonishing Martha Argerich began a concert alone on the Verbier Festival stage...

To see Martha Argerich perform is an unparalleled experience. The so-called Lionness of the piano is known for her audacity, enthusiasm, and fiery temperament, both on and off the concert stage, qualities that breathed incredible caprice and poetry into Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor. Next Kovacevich and Argerich performed a Mozart piano duo, Andante and 5 Variations for 4 Hands in G Major, sharing conspiratorial looks as they played Mozart’s music with childlike joy. The evening came to a delightful close with Mischa Maisky and his lyrically passionate playing, joining Argerich to rise together to new heights of tempestuousness and inventiveness with Grieg's Cello Sonata.

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