Sunday, May 29, 2016

Argerich festival shutting down

Progetto Martha Argerich, the summer festival in Lugano, Switzerland, featuring the famed pianist and her musician friends, will shut down after this year.

The festival, staged for the past 15 years, is known to most listeners as the source of a series of recordings for EMI Classics and its successor label, Warner Classics, of often electrifying live performances of rarely heard chamber and piano music.

The Lugano festival’s principal sponsor is pulling out and no replacement has been found, Norman Lebrecht reports: