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The Art of Martha Argerich

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Drawing on recordings Martha Argerich made for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips over a period that lasted almost 50 years, this three-disc limited edition package encapsulates her career and provides a broad sampling of her repertoire. Starting with her 1961 recording of Chopin's "Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor," and concluding with her 2009 reading of Schubert's "Rondo in A major," the survey presents her work in chronological order and shows her in many roles, as a solo artist, a concerto virtuoso, and in later recordings, a performer of chamber music. The first part of Argerich's career found her recording much solo piano music, but since the 1980s she recorded more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Drawing on recordings Martha Argerich made for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips over a period that lasted almost 50 years, this three-disc limited edition package encapsulates her career and provides a broad sampling of her repertoire. Starting with her 1961 recording of Chopin's "Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor," and concluding with her 2009 reading of Schubert's "Rondo in A major," the survey presents her work in chronological order and shows her in many roles, as a solo artist, a concerto virtuoso, and in later recordings, a performer of chamber music. The first part of Argerich's career found her recording much solo piano music, but since the 1980s she recorded more frequently with other musicians, such as violinist Gidon Kremer and cellist Mischa Maisky, and her role as a collaborator is well-documented here. The range of music represented is quite wide, extending from the keyboard works of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart, to modernist compositions by Bartók of Prokofiev. At the end of Disc 3 are two bonus tracks of previously unreleased material. The sound of these recordings is only slightly uneven, due to the changes of venues, recording conditions, and engineers, but overall the reproduction is of high quality. The set is packaged as a hardcover book, and the booklet includes biographical information and many photographs of Argerich.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 028947795230
  • Catalog Number: 1154139
  • Sales rank: 349,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (6:34)
  2. 2 Toccata for piano in D minor, Op. 11 - Sergey Prokofiev & Martha Argerich (4:10)
  3. 3 Mazurka for piano No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59/1, CT. 86 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:24)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: 1. Andante - Allegro - Sergey Prokofiev & Claudio Abbado (9:00)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto in G major: 2. Adagio assai - Maurice Ravel & Claudio Abbado (9:06)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124 (LW H4): 4. Allegretto marziale animato - Franz Liszt & Claudio Abbado (4:03)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23: 2. Andantino semplice - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Martha Argerich (7:32)
  8. 8 Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: 2. Andantino. Getragen - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (5:00)
  9. 9 Scherzo for piano No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31, CT. 198 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (8:56)
  10. 10 Gaspard de la nuit, for piano - Maurice Ravel & Martha Argerich (6:19)
  11. 11 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 3 in G major. Vivace - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (0:52)
  12. 12 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 4 in E minor. Largo - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (1:53)
  13. 13 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 12 in G sharp minor. Presto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (1:01)
  14. 14 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 15 in D flat major. Sostenuto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (4:51)
  15. 15 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 16 in B flat minor. Presto con fuoco - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (0:58)
  16. 16 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 17 in A flat major. Allegretto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (2:51)
  17. 17 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 23 in F major. Moderato - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (0:43)
  18. 18 Preludes (24) for piano, Op. 28, CT. 166-189: No. 24 in D minor. Allegro appassionato - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (2:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Variations (5) on an original theme for piano, 4 hands in G major, K. 501 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Martha Argerich (7:31)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: Allegro vivace - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (10:15)
  3. 3 English Suite, for keyboard No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 (BC L14): Bourrée 1 & 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Martha Argerich (4:00)
  4. 4 Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 65, CT. 204: 3. Largo - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (3:46)
  5. 5 Variations on a theme of Paganini, for 2 pianos - Witold Lutoslawski & Martha Argerich (5:13)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: 3. Finale - Sergey Rachmaninov & Martha Argerich (13:40)
  7. 7 Nutcracker, suite from the ballet, Op. 71a: 2. Danses caractéristiques: a. Marche. Tempo di Ma - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Martha Argerich (11:32)
  8. 8 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (3:03)
  9. 9 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2: 1. Allegro vivace - Ludwig van Beethoven & Martha Argerich (5:48)
  10. 10 Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027: 3. Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Martha Argerich (3:18)
  11. 11 Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027: 4. Allegro moderato - Johann Sebastian Bach & Martha Argerich (2:59)
  12. 12 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: 11. Pianistes - Camille Saint-Saëns & Martha Argerich (1:26)
  13. 13 Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble: 12. Fossiles - Camille Saint-Saëns & Martha Argerich (1:20)
  14. 14 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Ludwig van Beethoven (6:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in C sharp minor, Sz. 75, BB 84 (Op. 21): 1. Allegro appassionato - Béla Bartók & Martha Argerich (12:51)
  2. 2 Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Martha Argerich (9:20)
  3. 3 Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11: 3. Rondo all'Ungarese. Allegro assai - Franz Joseph Haydn & Martha Argerich (4:01)
  4. 4 Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, Sz. 115, BB 121: 3. Allegro non troppo - Béla Bartók & Martha Argerich (6:17)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: 3. Rondo. Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Claudio Abbado (9:00)
  6. 6 The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118: Waltz - Gregor Piatigorsky & Sergey Prokofiev (2:34)
  7. 7 Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 4. Rondo alla zingarese - Johannes Brahms & Martha Argerich (8:14)
  8. 8 Cinderella, ballet, Op. 87: 7. Galop. Presto - Andantino - Presto - Sergey Prokofiev & Martha Argerich (4:18)
  9. 9 Rondo for piano, 4 hands in A major ("Grand Rondo"), D. 951 (Op. 107) - Franz Schubert & Martha Argerich (11:02)
  10. 10 Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major ("Trumpet", "Hunt"), K. 576: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Martha Argerich (4:51)
  11. 11 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3: 4. Rondo: Allegro - Ludwig van Beethoven & Martha Argerich (3:30)
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Martha Argerich Primary Artist
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