Deutsche Grammophon’s set to commemorate 25 years of Switzerland’s Verbier Festival is a grab bag of musical genres featuring many big names. Disc Four contains Act III of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküreunder Valery Gergiev, with Bryn Terfel as Wotan.
Yuja Wang. Photo © Felix Broede/DG
It is fascinating to hear today’s superstars when they were starting out: Yuja Wang, steely and scintillating in Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto in 2009, or Daniil Trifonov playing Brahms’ First Piano Trio with violinist Ilya Gringolts and cellist Truls Mørk in 2015. Gustavo Dudamel, Mikhail Pletnev and Evgeny Kissin also contribute. While we don’t really need a fourth recording of Martha Argerich playing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, her detailed pianism is as febrile as ever. The roster of artists speaks for itself, and sound quality is uniformly fine.
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