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  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B002KL3G1C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Ballade No.1 In G Minor, Op.23
2. 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No. 4 In C Sharp Minor
3. Mazurka No.26 In C Sharp Minor Op.41 No.4
4. Mazurka No.27 In E Minor Op.41 No.1
5. Mazurka No.15 In C Op.24 No.2
6. Mazurka No.40 In F Minor Op.63 No.2
7. Mazurka No.23 In D Op.33 No.2
8. Nocturne No.4 In F, Op.15 No.1
9. Nocturne No.16 In E Flat, Op.55 No.2
10. Mazurka No.36 In A Minor Op.59 No.1
11. Mazurka No.37 In A Flat Op.59 No.2
12. Mazurka No.38 In F Sharp Minor Op.59 No.3
13. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 1. Allegro Maestoso
14. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 2. Scherzo
15. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 3. Largo
16. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor, Op.58 - 4. Finale

BBC Review

This chance unearthing of over an hour of Martha Argerich recordings is quite the find. Recorded between 1959 and 1967, it captures the Argentine workhorse at her most powerful and alluring – with a hefty record contract signed by this point, seemingly nothing was beyond her interpretative powers. All the better, then, that this collection tackles Chopin, one of the more difficult of the piano’s main exponents to interpret. Taking in his Nocturnes, Mazurkas and a climactic live performance of the third Piano Sonata, this is something of a whistle-stop tour of both composer and performer.

Argerich, clearly focused, coaxes incredible narrative-led performances from these works. Crucially, each melody and countermelody is given its due importance and we feel, at all times, in very safe hands. This is not to say that these hands aren’t also capable of slapping you around the face once in a while either, as the Ballade in G minor ably displays. The solemn, almost mournful exposition gives way to tremendous bravura, a carnivalesque romp, and calms itself once more with similar control before a dashing and explosive conclusion.

Quite conversely to all this exquisite construction, the ditty-like Etude in C sharp minor finds Chopin in an altogether more frivolous mood, but it is not without its barbs. Though Argerich reins in the floridly burbling left-hand notes despite the hyperactive speed, they are not the main attraction – as always, the melody prevails and makes the whole performance so much more humanistic. The Nocturne in F major features even more contrast, a tranquil opening juxtaposing finely with the furious abandon of the middle section. It is typical of Chopin to line two extremes up so closely to one another, but Argerich manages to make it as fresh and surprising a version as you might hear.

It’s the final live performance of the third Piano Sonata that has lasted most impressively, though. Naturally hefty because of its sheer length and import, it becomes as light as many of Chopin’s more whimsical studies under Argerich’s control. She offers us tantalising snatches of salvation amongst the pomp of the first movement and irresistible tension and bluster in the finale, skipping through the early triplets and imbuing it with wonderful rhythmic drive before bringing it home with style. Exhausting, truthful and invigorating.

The last thing we hear on the disc after this mammoth effort is ecstatic applause – anything less would be inappropriate. --Daniel Ross

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bing-Alguin on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Beware of old radio recordings, transmitted to new discs by eager gramophone companies, convinced they will sell solely by the name of a prominent artist! They are not always up to the standard you have the right to expect from them.
Martha Argerich, however, never makes you disappointed! Here are lovely Chopin recordings from the Berlin and Köln radios in the fifties and sixties, from a technical as well as an artistic point of view beautifully, not to say excitingly rendered. The Ballade no 1 in G minor originates from 1959 and is young Martha at her best och in her most riveting virtuoso manner, like a waterfall of tones in dazzling sunlight. The Etude in C sharp minor, op 10, no 4, is more, to go on with poetical metaphors, like a string of dew-drops, illuminated by a grass fire on the Argentinean Pampas. Of the two nocturnes, played here, the one in F major, op. 15, no 1 appears to have the strongest appeal in its magnificent outburst towards the end, an elemental force of joy and enthusiasm.
According to the sleeve, The Ballade as well as the Etude are here recorded for the first time, adding essential contributions to the discography of Martha Argerich's. So are some of the mazurkas presented, and I think they are the most attractive numbers of the disc. They are played with an unusual rythmic verve, emphasizing their character of lively dances more than is normal in modern performances. They are simply stirring and captivating. Finally, the Sonata no 3 gives us an overwhelming version of this most majestic of Chopin's piano sonatas, with a not too celestial slow movement, and a Finale of youthful force and zest.
I wouldn't be surprised if more than one listener will chose this record as the Disc of the Chopin Anniversary Year 2010!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Music Rover on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A truly brilliant pianist caught at the pinnacle of her powers. Although the dynamic range of the recording is not perfect this is still a must have for Chopin lovers. Whilst many of the pieces are no strangers to her repertoire I have not heard her play all of these mazurkas previously and the second Nocturne Op 55 No 2 (the one in E Flat major/minor(?)) is truly beautiful if not quite as fluid as the famous one by Ignaz Friedman.

Well worth a listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2012
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Five BRILLIANT Stars! True Argerich Chopin treasures from the Deutsche Grammophon vault celebrating The Frédéric Chopin Year! To hear Martha Argerich play is to hear someone walking among the giants. The 3 time Grammy-winning Argentinean classical piano virtuoso is considered one of our greatest living pianists: a true child prodigy mentored by some of the greats, who lives up to her reputation of genius by thinking each piece through, applying phenomenal technique, and then playing like it's her last performance of it. And this CD from DG catches her in 1959 (age 18) and 1967 (age 26), not only during her solo music phase but within 2 years of her double victory at age 16 of the Geneva and the Ferruccio Busoni International Competitions "within weeks of each other" in one instance, and within 2 years of winning the 7th International Frédérick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, with special prizes given her for mazurkas and waltzes, in the other instance. The youthful Ms Argerich burns with a musical passion and intensity in these performances that makes Chopin's music leap off the pages.

I have no 'best of the best' for this recording because it's all exceptional. Whether all of this is what Chopin wanted is debatable but he probably would have loved every note of it and she is very convincing. The performance of Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Opus 23 at age 18 is an incredible pianistic feat, laying it side by side with other top pianists, demonstrating 'the Argerich flair' that makes this artist so special: marvelous technique, heightened drama, and impeccable timing, all the more remarkable given her young age. This is followed 8 years later by a lightning, nuanced, performance of a teenaged Chopin's challenging Étude Opus 10, No.
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Words are not enough to tell you of the beauty, magic and power of these particular pieces. Chopin was a genius for sure....but so is his musical interpreter, Martha Argerich. Don't take my word for it about these 'lost' recordings. I was so spell-bound, I couldn't do anything else until I got to the end of the CD.....despite the domestic scene of disruption unfolding all around me! If you listen to these recordings, you will be amazed, I assure you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 17 May 2015
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Very relaxing
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