Concert Review: Martha Argerich, Charles Dutoit & Three Russian Classical Masters
I once had a dream in which two lions of classical music played the leading roles — pianist Martha Argerich and conductor Charles Dutoit. The dream was set in the kitchen of a Mediterranean villa. Dutoit was backing out of the room as Argerich threw china plates from a sideboard at him. They missed their mark and only feelings seem to have been hurt.
I know not whether Argerich and Dutoit were married in my dream, but once upon a time they were in real life and so my nocturnal interlude involving them may not have been far-fetched.
These are two fiery people, and the passion with which they imbue their performances was again on display Friday afternoon as Dutoit conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra and Argerich soloed in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Catching the Martha and Chuck Show, as the Dear Friend & Conscience and I call it, has become an annual ritual for us.