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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947758709
catalogNumber:
001190702
Rank:
34945

Tracks

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

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Martha Argerich, The Collection, Vol. 1: The Solo Recordings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wonderful set at a fantastic price features some of Martha Argerich's finest playing done for the first-rate label DGG. Always fearless and technically advanced beyond almost everyone in the classical piano world, she nevertheless has wonderful taste and balances everything in her performances. This set won't disappoint. I also recommend her performances of the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto (the live version, couples with the Prokofief Third or the Tchaikovsky First.)
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