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Just as it says on the tin, this two-disc set presents Martha Argerich performing with guests entirely of her own choosing, live at the 2007 Verbier Festival. She appears as soloist, duettist, duo-player and pianist in chamber ensembles, making the whole package self-recommending for Argerich fans and, hopefully, enticing listeners to a world beyond solo piano-playing.

The Beethoven Trio makes for a dramatic start, dynamics varying from explosive to ethereal within the first minute. The miraculous slow-movement ppps amply explain the work’s nickname: violinist Julian Rachlin and cellist Mischa Maisky aid and abet with relish.

Schumann’s Kinderszenen start with exquisite tenderness, though tigerish sfs later on would scare the average child,

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