Martha Argerich assembles all-star festival

Martha Argerich assembles all-star festival


norman lebrecht

April 29, 2021

The pianist is putting together her June festival in Hamburg, with or without audience, depending on conditions at the time.

Among those who have signed up are Martha Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Daniel Barenboim, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maria João Pires, Mischa Maisky, Renaud Capuçon, Gidon Kremer, Nelson Goerner, Akiko Suwanai, Michael Volle, Lilya Zilberstein and Stephen Kovacevich.

Will we see a higher-calibre fest anywhere this year?




  • Herr Doktor says:

    YAY!!!! Can’t wait to hear the results. I’m so fortunate to have heard Martha Argerich live in person four times. There are not superlatives enough for her musicianship. She is peerless.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Definitely a strong candidate for being called greatest living pianist. But does the latter distinction make any sense? I’d rather say unreservedly that she has few equals and no superiors. Let’s not start debating whether she is better than, say, Kristian Zimerman.

      • esfir ross says:

        Or Grigory Sokolov. No garantee that C. Bartoli’ll not cancel. There better singer today-Yulia Lezneva.

      • Herr Doktor says:

        Your point is well taken, and you won’t find me disagreeing about Kristian Zimerman, who is exceptional. But still, if I had to put it to a vote of one, my vote would go to Martha.

  • microview says:

    Suwanai made one or two interesting concerto records when SACDs came on the Philips label – albeit the booklets listed all her styling accessories…

    • David K. Nelson says:

      Teldec issued a CD of the 1990 Tchaikovsky Competition’s “Winner’s Gala” with Suwanai’s rendition of the Tchaikovsky Concerto (Dmitri Kitaenko conducting; Boris Berezovsky performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1), and the Rene Gailly label issued her prize winning Paganini Concerto No. 1 from the 1989 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, Georges Octors conducting (same CD has Vadim Repin’s Tchaikovsky Concerto).

  • Ron says:

    I truly hope it happens…..we so need this in this season of our lives….

  • Camellia says:

    I hope Khatia Buniatishvili will join as well.