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5 Classic Albums - Martha Agerich [Box set]

Martha Argerich Audio CD

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Martha ARGERICH was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She began her first piano lessons at the age of five with Vincenzo Scaramuzza. Considered a child prodigy, she soon performs in public. In 1955, she moved to Europe and continued her studies in London, Vienna and in Switzerland with Seidlhofer, Gulda, Magaloff, Mrs Lipatti and Stefan Askenase. In 1957, she won the Bolzano and Geneva Piano ... Read more in Amazon's Martha Argerich Store

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Disc: 1
1. Des Abends
2. Aufschwung
3. Warum?
4. Grillen
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Disc: 2
1. I. Sinfonia - Grave. Adagio
2. Andante
3. II. Allemande
4. III. Courante
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Disc: 3
1. I. Allegro - Martha Argerich/Renaud Capucon/Mischa Maisky/Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana/Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky
2. II. Largo - Renaud Capucon
3. III. Rondo all polacca - Martha Argerich/Renaud Capucon/Mischa Maisky/Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana/Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky
4. Allegro affettuoso
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Disc: 4
1. I. Allegro maestoso - Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
2. II. Romanze (Larghetto) - Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
3. III. Rondo (Vivace)
4. I. Maestoso - Martha Argerich/Charles Dutoit/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
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Disc: 5
1. I. Allegro brioso - Martha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal/Charles Dutoit
2. II. Andante assai - Martha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal/Charles Dutoit
3. III. Allegro scherzando - Martha Argerich/Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal/Charles Dutoit
4. I. Allegretto
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0724355710123 Live 78/79 Schumann ravel
0724355697523 Live 78/79 Bach Barto
0724355777324 Beethoven Triple
0724355679826 Chopin Concertos
0724355665423 Prokofiev Bartok

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously obligatory purchase 16 Aug 2013
By Richard Steiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you don't own any or all of these cds this is an obligatory purchase (particularly at the price) Here's my rundown:

cd !: Unfortunately the set gets off to a poor start with a loud, fast and frantic performance of Schumann's Fantasiestucke. Try Richter instead. The first two movement of Gaspard de la Nuit are not as good as Argerich's studio perforamnce. Le Gibet, in particular, lacks the loneliness and desperation this piece can evoke and the repeated notes are not well integrated into the sound picture. Scarbo, however, is simply mesmerizing.

cd 2: Start here with some of the greatest performances you'll ever hear. Argerich's Bach is perfection itself. I'd single out two movement: the gently flowing Allemand (with each section ending with effortless elegance) and the motorized, raucus Rondeau. The rest of the cd is equally wonderful.. The third Chopin scherzo is even more exciting than the studio performance. Argerich's double octaves beggar description.

cd 3:The Beethoven Triple Concerto is a fine performance of a piece I don't really like. The Schumann piano concerto performance is strange and entertaining. Argerich is at her most unpredictable here, holding back and lurching forward at will. The orchestra is obviously having difficulty keeping up with her. Somehow it all works. This is hardly anyone's reference recording, but it is great fun.

cd 4: The Chopin concertos with Dutoit. I thought I had grown tired of these works, but I was overwhelmed by the power and elegance of Argerich's playing. At the moment I'd say these are the best performances of the works I know.

cd 5: Prokofiev #1 and #3 and Bartok #3. Very good performances, though I perfer Cliburn in the Prokofiev #3 and Anda in the Bartok.

You need this set.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EMI Strikes Gold 31 Oct 2013
By Antonio Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If a customer purchased five albums from this collection separately - after this compilation was published in 2013 - he would have paid more than three times the price of this. Yes, it's THE bargain.
As for Martha Argerich, one of the most unique and revered pianists of our era, the five albums (recorded in 1979, 1997, 1998 and 2002/2003) offer a comprehensive cross-section of her artistry. One slight exception is a lack of chamber music performances, just the rare Triple concerto (late Beethoven) is included here - but with Mischa Maisky on cello and Renaud Capucon on violin there is also the entire Swiss-Italian orchestra.
Therefore, concertos abound here - including her perennial favorites. Both Chopins, Prokofiev No.3 and Schumann were recorded by EMI after some three decades since the first recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, all showing her ripe, competent technique.
Prokofiev No. 1 and Bartok No. 3 she recorded for the first time in the late 1990's, also captured here.
As for the solo performances from Amsterdam (1979), these show some kind of extra energy the Argentinian pianists felt during the live performances. This sometimes has an impact on the quality of play, as, for example, Precipitato of Prokofiev's 7th Sonata is rather rushed - maybe because of too much adrenaline. However, Schumann and Ravel by Argerich are hard to beat anywhere. She's born to play both. Even though, especially at Ravel, she's speeding.
All five albums capture Martha Argerich in all her glory and show an interesting contrast between a still wild soloist in the late 1970's and the mature team player two decades later.
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