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Martha Argerich’s The Legendary 1965 Chopin Recording on vinyl

Posted on 24 May 2016 by admin

For Argerich’s 75th birthday on 5 June, her legendary 1965 Chopin album finally sees its first release on LP, the format originally intended.

“Argerich was quite the most formidable player we had ever come across,” writes the album’s producer, Suvi Raj Grubb, “Nothing would have been beyond this woman.” All this adds up to a recording that is indeed legendary.

Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording (Vinyl)

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Martha Argerich’s RACHMANINOV Music for Two Pianos

Posted on 07 March 2015 by admin

Rachmaninov: Music for Two Pianos (2 CD)

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Martha Argerichs long career has included many outstanding solo performances, but she has often professed to feeling lonely on stage. This CD showcases the area in which she feels truly at home. All these recordings derive from performances at Martha Argerich’s annual Lugano Festival made between 2003 and 2009. Apart from their original release, most of them have appeared on other (mixed-composer) compilations, so dedicated Rachmaninov and/or Argerich fans will have them already. But this is, I think, the first time that one performance from the festival of every work Rachmaninov wrote for two pianists has been issued together.

It is, though, rather more than a convenient repertoire compendium because, taken overall, there are few finer versions anywhere of each title. Argerich has been playing the major works here (Symphonic Dances and the two Suites) for years and has recorded them with other favoured partners (Rabinovitch, Freire and Economou among others). There is not much to choose between them but the Lugano recordings have the advantage of the lively, rounded acoustic of the Stelio Molo auditorium and the undoubted benefit of having an audience present. Moreover, Nelson Goerner, in the only performance new to disc, brings more colour and depth to his playing than either Rabinovitch or Economou in the Symphonic Dances (especially in the central ‘Valse’), while Lilya Zilberstein’s nightingale in ‘La nuit’ from Suite No 1 is simply enchanting. Suite No 2 with Gabriela Montero is not as frantic as Argerich’s earlier accounts yet remains just as thrilling.

Disc 2 (40’04”) has four less substantial works, though Zilberstein and Argerich playing one piano four hands in the Six Duets (the earliest Lugano recording of this set) make you wonder why we don’t hear Rachmaninov’s Op 11 more often. Argerich leaves the stage for the two short works for piano six hands, Romance in A (with its prescient glimpse of the Second Concerto) and Waltz in A, in which Zilberstein is joined by her two sons. And it is Zilberstein not Argerich who partners Alexander Mogilevsky in another early work, the rarely heard Russian Rhapsody in E minor for two pianos. All in all, a Rachmaninov-fest to savour.

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EMI Martha Argerich Lugano Festival- up to 35% off on Presto Classical

Posted on 22 April 2013 by admin

Martha Argerich (born June 5, 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine pianist. Argerich rose to international prominence when she won the seventh International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965, at age 24. In 1965, she debuted in the United States in the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. In the same year, she also made her first recording, including works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Liszt, which received critical acclaim. Now Martha Argerich has been consistently acclaimed as one of the greatest pianists of the post-war era. With a repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartok, though with a special emphasis on Romantic and early modernist works, she has produced a huge range of recordings. The Presto Classical is offering discounts of up to 35% off a range of her finest recordings on EMI >>>

1)  Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2010

2) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2009

3) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2008

4) ]Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2007

5) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2006

6) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2003

7) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2012

8) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011

9) Martha Argerich Edition: Chamber

10) Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos

11) Martha Argerich Edition: Solo & Duo Piano

12) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2005

13) Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2002-2004

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