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The Martha Argerich Project has confirmed its position in cultural circles as a place where monumental musical moments happen. This is unsurprising, given that artistic director Argerich feels at her most productive in Lugano; she performs almost nightly throughout the June event. This is the latest in a series of live recordings from the Lugano stages, taken from the tenth instalment. Having been lucky enough to attend some of the concerts, I was naturally interested in this boxed set, but there is plenty here to make this recording stand out on its own merits. Argerich gives an exuberant rendition of Ravel’s G major piano concerto – one of her many party pieces, and here performed with Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Other highlights include Ravel’s charged La valse, played by Argerich and Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo, and the G minor Piano Quintet by the 19th-century Polish composer Juliusz Zarebski – with a line-up of first-rate string players including Argerich’s viola-player daughter Lyda Chen and the cellist Gautier Capuçon.

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