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Martha Argerich, Piano
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
I. Allegro affetuoso
OSR - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Samuel Baud-Bovy, Conductor
Rediscover 75 years of history of the Geneva Competition from 1939 to 2012, with a truly Super Star programme spanning from Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli to Emmanuel Pahud, through Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Friedrich Gulda, Maurice André, Christian Zacharias, Heinz Holliger or José van Dam.
Rediscover the electrifying and thrilling atmosphere of the Finals evenings, as young interpreters put their career at stake within a few short minutes.
A recording that is also celebrating the huge diversity of the competition’s repertoire, from Johann Sebastian Bach to Kaya Saariaho.
Seventy five years of music…
A fruitful collaboration
In 1939, Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli won the first International Competition of Musical Execution. Radio-Geneva, which broadcast the prizewinners’ concert, made the young artist known to its listeners and thus helped to anchor the newly growing reputation of music competitions. The Competition’s organizing committee included at the time two contributors of Radio-Geneva, Félix Pommierand René Dovaz, pioneers of a fruitful institutional collaboration.
The French-speaking Swiss radio – Radio-Geneva, then Radio Suisse Romande (RSR) and, today, Radio Télévision Suisse – Espace 2 (RTS) rapidly became one of the competition’s essential partners. Since 1939, it has been recording the final concert accompanied by the prestigious Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, progressively extending its partnership to the final exams and public recitals.
It needed such a connoisseur as Ulrich Kohler, former RSR sound engineer, to guide Didier Schnorhk, General Secretary of the Competition, through this imposing stock of sound archives generously made available by the RTS. As they listened to the archives, Ulrich Kohler and Didier Schnorhk discarded documents that had suffered from age, or whose technical or artistic quality left to be desired.
The chosen recordings give as representative a picture of the Geneva Competition as possible. The Genevese competition programs several disciplines per year. With over ten thousand candidates and around 760 prizewinners, it is like a mosaic of which this collection offers a few of the most brilliant fragments.
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Album N°: DO 50-1411-15
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ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF THE COMPILATION
Didier Schnorhk, Ulrich Kohler
Radio- Télévision Suisse - Espace 2
Marie Duchêne-Thégarid (FRE)
Gabriela Zehnder (GER)
Isabelle Watson (ENG)
Claves Records SA, Patrick Peikert
© 2014 Montres Breguet S.A
Recorded in Victoria Hall and Salle du Conservatoire, Geneva, Switzerland (Live recording)
Renate Dreher, Archives RTS - Espace 2
Eric Lavanchy, Producteur RTS - Espace 2
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