Antonio Meneses / Maria Joao Pires: The Wigmore Ha
Maria João Pires (piano) & Antonio Meneses (cello)
Bach, J S: Pastorale in F major, BWV590 Brahms: Intermezzi (3), Op. 117 Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38 Mendelssohn: Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109 Schubert: Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821
Over four decades since securing worldwide recognition as one of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria João Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence and vitality of her art. This recital, recorded live in the splendid Wigmore Hall acoustics, is clearly a red-letter event for chamber music connoisseurs. Pires is partnered by Antonio Meneses, cellist with the Beaux Arts Trio and artist of great wisdom and imagination. Maria João Pires is one of the reigning pianists of our times, with numerous recordings spanning more than two decades on Deutsche Grammophon. One of the label’s flagship artists, she carefully handpicks her concert appearances and recordings projects, making this release a document of extraordinary value. The album features a collection of some of the most intimately beautiful pieces, including the Songs without Words by Mendelssohn, the Intermezzi op. 117 and Cello Sonata op. 38 by Brahms, and the eternal “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert. Pires’s abiding concern for poetic shading draws the listener towards the spiritual essence of the works she performs. An exceptional live encounter between two legendary musicians at the height of their powers, here documented for the first time on disc.