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Bach, J.S.: Toccata BWV 911; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (DG The Originals) [Original recording remastered]

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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  • Composer: J. S. Bach
  • Audio CD (22 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004R7X0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Toccata In C Minor, BWV 91111:00Album Only
Listen  2. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 1. Sinfonia (Grave Adagio - Andante) 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 2. Allemande 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 3. Courante 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 4. Sarabande 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 5. Rondeaux 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Partita No.2 In C Minor, BWV 826 - 6. Capriccio 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 1. Prelude 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 2. Allemande 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 3. Courante 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 4. Sarabande 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 5. Bourrée I & II 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 807 - 6. Gigue 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Recorded in 1980 and reissued in the Deutsche Grammophon Originals series, this disc just preceded the nightmare years in which "purists" tended to consider the performance of Bach on the modern piano a crime punishable with instant death. Nevertheless, a number of the world's finest "thinking" pianists not only championed Bach consistently but have continued to produce interpretations of a depth, spirituality and power that put many players of the "right" instruments to shame. This is one such disc and it is only a pity that there is not more of it (at 50 minutes it mirrors the length of LPs). Martha Argerich presents intense, minor-key Bach: fierce but pure, finely argued and rhetorical yet never losing the rhythm of dance; expressive but contained and articulated with beautiful clarity. Her intensity is completely compelling from the very first note of the C minor Toccata onwards: she demands, seizes and holds attention at every moment. Her personal vision displays the emotional darkness at the heart of these pieces without any suggestion of mannerism or gimmick.--Jessica Duchen

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DGG 463604 2; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica da camera Piano

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the greatest record of all time. 22 Jan 2009
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Unmatched in clarity, excitement, playfulness and sincerity - without affectation or sentimentality - Martha Argerich's minor-key Bach provides some of the purest intellectual and emotional transports available within all Western Art. The entire thing is stunning, but I'll single out the closing fugue of the Toccata, the "swinging" Cappricio from the Partita and the "still point" achieved in the Sarabande of the English Suite for special recommendation... oh but the way she builds the crescendo over the G major passage in the ES Prelude, say, or the silken flow of the opening phrases of the Partita Allemande, or...

This is pretty much the greatest record of all time.

A single problem: when you realize that Argerich hasn't recorded enough Bach, and this is really all you're going to get, you might begin to see it as mocking you. You may even resent it. What can we do but swallow our gall and listen on?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 27 Feb 2010
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I came to this as an occasional listener of classical music. I was awestruck not only by the vibrancy of the Bach pieces, but by the quality of the playing. Ms Argerich manages to make every note sound considered, a carefully selected choice, and the overall effect is stunning. Sometimes it sounds like some other instrument other than a piano being played! I can't recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Jan 2013
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What a combination of technique and musicality. Argerich shows herself the complete master of Bach on the piano.
Buy immediately then join me in lamenting that she didn't record a lot more of the Weimar cantor's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Aug 2014
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Super value for money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reputable interpretation of Bach on the piano 17 Jun 2000
By Niya - Published on Amazon.com
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In some ways, it might be more difficult to play Bach on the piano than on the harpsichord. One doesn't always find pianists giving convincing interpretations of Bach that seem to stand the test of time. They need to good fingers, great intellect, an intuitive sense of rhythm, clear and clean sound production, a style suited to the music of Bach, and an awareness of the grand musical structure in his music. They also need the greatest sensitivity for harmonies and colors. Martha Argerich has many of these qualities. In her Bach, there is a unique intensity and drama. She creates powerful and vivid characterization and impressions with great economy. Ineffable and dramatic moments seem sometimes produced by no more than the slightest shading or the subtlest rubato. The secret may lie in the concentration. This is music making that has the potential to challenge one's mind. It might give an impression that Argerich had a fastidious and serious attitude when playing Bach, but her playing at the same time has a feeling of effortlessness and naturalness also - I found. It was my impression that her performance of Bach here achieved a relatively degree of simplicity. If I remember correctly, Chopin might have said that simplicity is the "final seal of art(s)"?

The length of this recording is not the longest (50'16)- one of the shorter ones in DG's "The Originals" legendary recordings series. However, Argerich also recorded the Bach Cello Sonatas with Mischa Maisky (also by DG). Years ago, I found myself listening to these two CD's quite often. They could be stimulating when I listened to them intently, but they proved to be a soothing companion for my book reading at times.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most extraordinary classical recordings ever 8 Nov 2002
By Cheryl P Sucher - Published on Amazon.com
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I first heard this recording over twenty years ago in a small, dusty apartment in Tel Aviv. As a serious piano student, I was accomplished in playing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. In fact, Glenn Gould's piano rendition of Book One was the first album I ever purchased. I was familiar with Gould's Bach interpretation, and when my Israeli friend heard my praise, he went to his cupboard and produced this recording. "You've never heard Bach played like this," he said, smiling wistfully. He played the LP and the room was suddenly alive with the internal joy and rhythmic nuance that only the best Bach performers can capture. Over the years, I have returned to this recording for creative inspiration as it sounds as fresh and vital on the thousandth hearing as the first. There is intelligence, wonder and extraordinary musicality in Argerich's technique inspired by the composer's crafty genius. She is a wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich's purism and poetry in Bach is UNSURPASSABLE! 18 Jun 2000
By Eytan Ýpeker - Published on Amazon.com
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Martha Argerich is an absolute winner in Bach. Surpsingly so in some ways but not totally so: The maximum fingercontrol/clarity/artýculaion makes a Bach recording that one can easly call DEFINITIVE, a term that nobody dared to use for Argerich before. Not even the most 'purist' listener will be able to say "This is not Bach,it's Argerich"(BTW,listen to her new EMI concert recordings of the same tracks and you will be amazed to see the difference between the wilder/ truly 'Argerich' concert approach and this calmer and more Bach-like studio approach: She is simply someone else in the studio!..) Yet,in this studio recording righly reissued in the Deutsche Gramaphone's LEGENDARY RECORDÝNGS series,one can also guess that such a natural sounding poetry, such a 'color-range',such an elegence and beauty cannot be anyone but Martha Argerich. This is how the purist approach Bach should be ideally. Having listened to Richter's(Well-tempered), Gould's(well-tempered)and a few others' Bach, Argerich's recording reminds me of Plato's cave parable.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable little recording 26 Mar 2001
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For someone who does so well with Romantic piano works, it is astounding how well Argerich handles Bach in this recording. With such popular Bach pieces, any performer would face established Bach keyboardists who have nearly defined these works--the famous trio of Gould, Landowska, and Tureck always come up. But Argerich is radiant in her orchestra-like handling of the works. The Toccata in C minor awakens with a mordent, like a clarion call. She takes us through it with a breathless, moving slow section. The fugue is handled in a dance-like fashion, passing through the impetuous lines of triplets, and the double-fugue that follows is rich in tone color. Her dynamic sensitivity offers an extra device for tension when sequencing and modulating. The second Partita and second English Suite, likewise, are both clear in texture, phrasing, and articulation--from the introspective Sinfonia of the partita to the frenzy Bouree of the English suite, and ending in the stately gigue. This recording is full of life wealth for the ears.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic crystal revelation, and the mind's true liberation 25 Oct 2006
By Frank Bunyard - Published on Amazon.com
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When Martha Argerich recorded this music in 1980 it must have been the Age of Aquarius. What a beautiful recording. Her rendition of Bach's Toccata BWV 911 surpasses any of Bach's keyboard music I've heard. Dubravka Tomsic's Toccata BWV 912 is also great, but Argerich's 911 is greater. Glenn Gould would have to come in third with these pieces.

Why is Argerich the best? Because she has heart. She plays with love of Bach and love of humanity. (This may be redundant.) Tomsic's precision is not without feeling, but Gould is not humane. He was a genius, of course, and he could make your mind dance. But Glenn Gould could not enter your heart nor the heart of Bach.

About four minutes into the Toccata Argerich plays the first of Bach's counterpoint passages on this disc and enters the realm of mystic crystal revelation. The space-time continuum is transcended. As time stands still Argerich and Bach create perfect forms of sound - nothing like the world mess and ourselves in it. Such transcendences occur frequently throughout this recording.

Martha Argerich was born in 1941 in Argentina . She was a child prodigy, playing the piano at age three and giving her debut concert at age eight. In 1965 she made her first recordings, including works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev and Liszt. Her technique has been described as "formidable" and has been compared to that of Vladimir Horowitz.

She has had a life-long aversion to the press and to publicity. As a result, she has remained relatively unknown to the general public. But to lovers of classical piano she is widely recognized as one of the great piano virtuosos of our time.

Just about the time of this Bach recording, Argerich frequently remarked that she felt "lonely" during solo performances. She then started focusing on orchestral and chamber music, accompanying instrumentalists in concertos and sonatas. This is her only solo recording of Bach. She performed one more recording of Bach; cello sonatas with Mischa Maisky, which is also excellent. These are her only two Bach recordings. They are priceless gems.

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