Martha Argerich: In a filled colon, the pianist shone, walked and brought his grandson to play an encore

The Festival Begins at the Teatro Colono Martha ArgerichIn the company of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the acclaimed director, whose hostess was the protagonist of one of the program’s works (which includes the piano) Charles Dutoit, It was the start of a series of concerts that would run through the next week. Before the concert, the public lined up at the entrances to the theatre’s side streets, and those who had the main access and had the best seats in boxes and stalls talked animatedly in the foyer until they entered the room.

carlos fontan balestra and wife
carlos fontan balestra and wifeRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

The line for the opening of the event, on the eve of a Friday and long weekend with near-spring temperatures, extended through Libertad along the way to Tucumán. People eager to watch the concert looked at the clock and were upset by the order Köln’s staff tried to keep up. At 7:20 p.m., when the audience climbed the stairs to accommodate themselves as much as possible, forty minutes before the concert began, the inherent feeling subsided.

Andrea Frigerio, in black and white
Andrea Frigerio, in black and whiteRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

Among those waiting for the show to begin were actresses, hosts and models in black and white andrea frigerio,

Jorge Teleman, director of the Teatro Colón, with Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires
Jorge Teleman, director of the Teatro Colón, with Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture of Buenos AiresRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

He appeared at a steady pace 20 minutes before the ceremony began Henry AvogradoThe Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires with undeniable delight.

Looking down, trying to go unnoticed and without success, she presented herself luli salazariWho quickly climbed the stairs wearing a bright and tight blue dress, Martin Woolich and Carlos Fontan Balestra could also be seen among those who ran to enter the theatre.

Grand image of Colon stage with Argerich and Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoita
Grand image of Colon stage with Argerich and Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles DutoitaRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

Inside the room, the orchestra, Dutoit and Argerich had a good program ahead of them, featuring famous works. In fact, everything was known as Martha and Charles met more than half a century ago, they were a couple, they had a daughter (Annie, who is also part of the festival) and they parted ways despite the passage of time and parting ways. Take a different route. He always maintained a musical friendship. Dutoit had come to lead Argentina on several occasions. Argerich gave vocals and concerts and even led his own festivals. The slow end of the pandemic brought live music back on track and the pianist’s relationship with our country (where she was born) was no exception.

Martha Argerich and David Chen Argerich playing Ravel for four hands on piano, as the grand encore of their concert
Martha Argerich and David Chen Argerich playing Ravel for four hands on piano, as the grand encore of their concertRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

Cologne received the 81-year-old Argerich with a full house, which was regularly reminiscent of his best times. The pianist played brilliantly, with a modest appearance, and returned the affection of the Argentine public – who lavished praise on him at the end of some thirty minutes of the concert – with a very special encore: he made several performances. done my mother swan, by Ravel, “Laderonet: Imperatrice des pagodes”, a two-handed piano piece, accompanied by his grandson David Chen Argerich—son of violist Lydia Chen Argerich—who was very shy on stage but wore a T-shirt . He went on to showcase the Argentina national team and a great future in music. Despite applause and cheers, Argerich ended the concert at the end of that number.

The concert included works by Berlioz and Ravel, the composer was chosen for the memorable encore with his grandson.
The concert included works by Berlioz and Ravel, the composer was chosen for the memorable encore with his grandson.Rodrigo Nespolo – The Nation
The collusion of Argerich and director Charles Dutoit, conducting the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
The collusion of Argerich and director Charles Dutoit, conducting the Buenos Aires Philharmonic OrchestraRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation
Iconic pianist receives onstage tribute from Koln at the end of the concert
Iconic pianist receives onstage tribute from Koln at the end of the concertRodrigo Nespolo – The Nation

For the opening night, two important acts from the repertoire of classical music were programmed, very accessible to all types of ears. Aside, Concerto in G Major for Piano and Orchestra of Maurice Ravelli, If the pandemic was taken as a non-existent time for live music (which it was in more ways than one), it could be said that the work is part of Argerich’s recent repertoire. There is a version from October 2017 which he performed (and was recorded) at the Radio France Auditorium, with the French National Orchestra, conducted by Emmanuel Crivin. The other work selected for the opening event of the festival was none other. Fantastic Symphony Op. 14 ,Episodes from the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts), from Hector Berlioz, Deemed as a fine example of early romanticism, it is one of the outstanding works of this composer’s creation.

There are many concerts ahead. The middle part of the festival this weekend. is the version of story of a soldier, with music by Stravinsky and texts by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, which will have two performances (Saturday and Sunday). The piece will feature musical direction by Charles Dutoit, staged by Ruben Zuchmacher and performed by Joaquin Furiel, Peter Lanzani and Cumellan Sanz. Annie Dutoit will be in charge of the narrations.

On the 16th, Argerich and pianist Sergei Babayan will offer a presentation for two pianos with works by Prokofiev and Mozart. And the next day, South Korean Dong Hayek Lim would perform pieces by Franz Schubert. On the 18th the orchestra would return, in this case the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, conducted by its principal, Enrique Arturo Diemke, and with Dong Hayek Lim as soloist, for a repertoire that included concerts in B flat minor, Op. Number 1 will be involved. 23 by Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. From Dvorak 88. On Closing Night, 20th, Except animal carnival The works of Dvorak and Prokofiev will be heard by the Stable Orchestra, conducted by Louis Gorelik, by Camille Saint-Saens.

Cologne will put on sale tickets for 200 pesos to spectators under 35 for concerts on Sunday 14 at 8:30 pm, and for concerts on Wednesday 17 and Thursday, 18 August at 8:00 pm. Can only be purchased on the same day of the selected ceremony, after 2:00 PM. Purchases must be made in person at the ticket office (Tukuman 1171) with ID. A maximum of two tickets can be obtained per person. Location will be selected on a first come first served basis. You will need to present your ID when entering the room.

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