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The Sound of Martha Argerich

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The Sound of Martha Argerich is a compact, three-disc sampler, one of many collections being released in 2011 in honor of Argerich's 70th birthday by her two primary labels, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. This one breaks the music down to concertos, solos and piano duets, and chamber music. Unfortunately for fans, the concertos disc contains only excerpts, making it something of a teaser for one of EMI's other releases, the Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos box. However, the other two discs contain complete compositions. Less than half of the second disc is Argerich alone at the keyboard and is only three works: Schumann's "Kinderszenen" and Chopin's "Scherzo No. 3" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The Sound of Martha Argerich is a compact, three-disc sampler, one of many collections being released in 2011 in honor of Argerich's 70th birthday by her two primary labels, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. This one breaks the music down to concertos, solos and piano duets, and chamber music. Unfortunately for fans, the concertos disc contains only excerpts, making it something of a teaser for one of EMI's other releases, the Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos box. However, the other two discs contain complete compositions. Less than half of the second disc is Argerich alone at the keyboard and is only three works: Schumann's "Kinderszenen" and Chopin's "Scherzo No. 3" and "Polonaise héroique." The Chopin is also the only early recording. It dates from 1965, a few months after she won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. It is remarkable that her energy and committed sense of expression haven't changed that much between then and recordings made 40 years later, such as the Schumann "Piano Quintet" and the "Réminiscences de Don Juan." Her musical enthusiasm is shared by her partners in the chamber music, and most of the duet and chamber music recordings were made at her annual Lugano Festival. The exception is the Debussy "Cello Sonata" with her familiar collaborator Mischa Maisky. Dating from 1981, the sound of the Debussy isn't up to the same standards as the recordings from the 2000s, but there's nothing wrong with their performance. All in all, The Sound of Martha Argerich is a very fine introduction to the overall artistry of the pianist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099909461826
  • Catalog Number: 94618
  • Sales rank: 268,298

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54: 1. Allegro affettuoso - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (13:41)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48: 2. Larghetto - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (8:55)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, CT. 47: 3. Rondo: Vivace - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (9:23)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (completed by Tibor Serly): 1. Allegretto - Béla Bartók & Martha Argerich (7:26)
  5. 5 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: 3. Allegro ma non troppo - meno mosso - Allegro - Sergey Prokofiev & Martha Argerich (9:54)
  6. 6 Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), for piano & orchestra, G. 49: 1. En el Generalife - Manuel de Falla & Martha Argerich (10:05)
  7. 7 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35: 3. Moderato - - Dmitry Shostakovich & Martha Argerich (1:28)
  8. 8 Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35: 4. Allegro con brio - Allegro poco moderato - Alle - Dmitry Shostakovich & Martha Argerich (6:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1–13 Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano, Op. 15 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (18:11)
  2. 2 Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT. 199 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (7:08)
  3. 3 Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155 - Frédéric Chopin & Martha Argerich (6:40)
  4. 4 A Midsummer Night's Dream, overture, Op. 21 - Felix Mendelssohn & Martha Argerich (10:45)
  5. 17–20 Réminiscences de Don Juan, for 2 pianos (after Mozart: Don Giovanni), S. 656 (LW C26) - Franz Liszt & Martha Argerich (15:32)
  6. 21–25 Ma mère l'oye, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Martha Argerich (14:27)
  7. 22 Variations on a theme of Paganini, for 2 pianos - Witold Lutoslawski & Martha Argerich (5:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Keyboard Trio in G major ("Gypsy Trio") H. 15/25 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Martha Argerich (15:36)
  2. 4–7 Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 - Robert Schumann & Martha Argerich (27:56)
  3. 8–9 Sonata for cello & piano, L. 135 - Claude Debussy & Martha Argerich (11:15)
  4. 10–13 Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11 - Leos Janácek & Martha Argerich (15:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martha Argerich Primary Artist
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