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In August 2020, Herbert Blomstedt made his debut at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. You could hardly tell that the maestro had celebrated his 93rd birthday only a month prior for he continuously exudes vitality, awareness, and curiosity. “I’m in love with music,” says Blomstedt, who views his profession as a kind of “joie de vivre”. Together with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Martha Argerich he revealed just what this joy sounds like with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 – the work that marked Argerich’s stage debut in 1949 - and Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, the famous “Eroica”.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Sinfonia eroica”
Martha Argerich, piano
Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern August 2020