Martha Argerich, The Collection, Vol. 1: The Solo Recordings

Martha Argerich, The Collection, Vol. 1: The Solo Recordings

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by Martha Argerich
     
 

If you don't already know these eight discs by Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, you owe it to yourself to stop whatever you're doing and hear them because by common consent they represent a peak of postwar pianism. Argerich's technique knows no limits, and her personality as captured here knows no restraint. Thankfully these qualities are matched by Argerich's… See more details below

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If you don't already know these eight discs by Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, you owe it to yourself to stop whatever you're doing and hear them because by common consent they represent a peak of postwar pianism. Argerich's technique knows no limits, and her personality as captured here knows no restraint. Thankfully these qualities are matched by Argerich's excellent taste, which prohibits her from lapsing into bathos or bombast. True, her Bach is extremely expressive, her Schumann wildly passionate, and her Liszt nearly explosive, but those qualities never topple from the razor's edge of balance or give in to self-aggrandizement. Whatever she brings out of the scores is intrinsic to the music, and there's nothing in her performances, no matter how extravagant or flamboyant, which cannot be justified. If you don't already know these recordings, try her 1960 reading of Prokofiev's "Toccata" and her 1975 account of Chopin's "C sharp minor Prélude, Op. 45": the former's relentless drive and demonic energy are as overwhelmingly exciting as the latter's sustained phrasing and lyrical melancholy achieve an emotional summit. From 1960 to 1984 and from stereo to digital, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is as good as recorded sound gets: clear, clean, quiet, and immediate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947758709
catalogNumber:
001190702
Rank:
31724

Tracks

  1. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  2. Rhapsodies (2) for piano, Op. 79  - Johannes Brahms  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  3. Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  4. Jeux d'eau, for piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  5. Barcarolle for piano in F sharp major, Op. 60, CT. 6  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  6. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano, 4 hands No. 6 in E flat major (Carnival in Pest), S. 621/6 (LW B41/6)  - Franz Liszt  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Elsa Schiller
  7. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, CT. 203  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Otto Gerdes
  8. Polonaise-fantasy for piano No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Otto Gerdes
  9. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Otto Gerdes
  10. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Otto Gerdes
  11. Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)  - Franz Liszt  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Gunther Breest
  12. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Gunther Breest
  13. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35, CT. 202  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  14. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise for piano & orchestra, Op. 22  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  15. Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  16. Gaspard de la nuit, for piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  17. Sonatine for piano  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  18. Valses (8) nobles et sentimentales, for piano (or orchestra)  - Maurice Ravel  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin
  19. Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Rainier Brock
  20. Prelude for piano No. 25 in C sharp minor, Op. 45, CT. 190  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Rainier Brock
  21. Prelude for piano No. 26 in A flat major ("Presto con leggerezza"), KK IVb/7, CT. 191 (B. 86)  - Frédéric Chopin  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Rainier Brock
  22. Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Hartmut Pfeiffer
  23. English Suite, for keyboard No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (BC L14)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Hartmut Pfeiffer
  24. Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Hanno Rinke
  25. Kreisleriana, 8 fantasies for piano, Op. 16  - Robert Schumann  - Martha Argerich  - Martha Argerich  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Hanno Rinke

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