Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3by Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich is famous for her aversion to being at the center of musical attention, but also for the brilliance with which she occupies the spotlight whenever she acquiesces to do so. She also prefers to concentrate on a relatively small body of piano music, and therefore it's automatically a major event when she adds an important work to her recorded repertoire. On this occasion, she finally shares her thoughts on Beethoven's Third Concerto, in a live performance from February 2004. It was well worth the wait. In the concerto's slow movement, Argerich virtually suspends the flow of time with her dreamy and sensitively phrased ruminations, while her ever-amazing technique is dramatically on display in the remainder of the work. Claudio Abbado -- who also conducted some of Argerich's first and finest concerto recordings in the 1960s and '70s -- is at the podium here once again, allowing his soloist to set the pace and tone but also perfectly bringing out the orchestral details to complement her. Argerich and Abbado are also heard here in a live recording of Beethoven's Second Concerto from 2000. More classically refined and less overtly heroic than the Third, this work has been a staple of Argerich's career, yet few will want to miss her latest return to it. From the deliriously fleet fingerwork of the opening movement (and a thrilling tear through the cadenza) through the serene Adagio to another playfully virtuosic workout in the finale, the pianist is at the top of her game. Most live recordings these days edit out the audience's reaction, but this one preserves the thunderous ovations after both concertos -- a richly deserved tribute to Argerich's uniquely commanding artistry at the keyboard.
- Release Date:
- Deutsche Grammophon
- Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Performance CreditsMartha Argerich Primary Artist
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Martha Argerich plays like a magician.In the Allegro con brio of Piano concerto no.3, the ochestra takes the limelight for first 3 min. or so & once Argerich starts putting her fingers on the piano, she casts a spell you will never want to end.Rondo.Allegro spontaneous and lyrical movements with the solo & ochestra exchanging a give and take sound,is just beautiful.By the time Rondo.Molto Allegro of the 2nd Piano concerto moves towards the finish, a listener knows where the music is going, leading a lovely climax followed by a live applause.Actually once one has heard these readings one might not want to hear any other version.Clauddio Abbado gives plenty of room for the solo to shine with a slightly restrained ochestration sound that does not inhibit the beauty of the solo part.It is stated that Argerich recorded 4 different versions of these works during the reheasal(all recorded)before the performance of the these live compositions.Both BBC and Gramophone classical magazines voted this CD as one of the best ever recorded piano concertos.