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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 [CD]

Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Oct 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000001GS1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 1. Allegro maestoso18:59Album Only
Listen  2. Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 2. Romance (Larghetto) 9:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor, Op.11 - 3. Rondo (Vivace) 9:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestoso 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 - 2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato 8:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 In E Flat, S.124 - 3. Allegro marziale animato 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 / Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recording of the century 16 Jan 2010
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There is something special in this recording!Something so fresh and spontaneous! I rate this as the top 3 in the Chopin concerto discography among the classic Gilels/Ormandy recording of the e-minor and the Perahia/Mehta version. In all the before-mentioned recordings there is the combination of a word class pianovirtuoso with a truly great conductor.
Take the wonderfully heartfelt playing of young Martha Argerich with an amazing orchestra and a zealuos conductor and you have a recording of the century!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definition of self-recommending? 16 Dec 2000
By Michael Whincop - Published on
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In Argerich's selective discography, her Chopin stands out. She has performed this concerto many times, and recently recorded it digitally with Dutoit for EMI. I frankly don't see a whole lot to separate them -- both are infused with Argerich's unique combination of impetuosity and repose. This is a masculine Chopin, not some salon charmer, strongly chorded, and virile and glittering in passage work. I cannot think of any other pianist who has played this work with such individuality. Abbado, too, is an excellent accompanist, alert and intelligent, despite the distinctly minor role he has in proceedings.
The Liszt has similar virtues, with a marvellous sense of ebb and flow. It really stakes out the virtues of this work as an inventive composition of the first-rate, rather than hollow virtuosity. What's so good about the Argerich performance is that although she dominates the work, one still feels acutely a sense of struggle and spontaneity that seems absent from today's young lions. Again, well accompanied. Well recorded, too. If you can't find the Argerich collection, this disk is a mandatory acquisition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic grandeur & quiet intimacy 21 Nov 2005
By Classicalfan - Published on
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Argerich and Abbado, both recording in their youth, in 1968, have perfectly captured both the majestic grandeur of the allegro movements and the quiet intimacy of the adagios in these two piano concertos. I was extremely pleased at the clarity of the sound, especially given that this is an analog recording made more than 35 years ago. The balance between the orchestra and the soloist is one of the best that I have ever heard on the several versions of the Chopin Concerto that I have. I thoroughly enjoyed the Liszt as well. Argerich's scintillating style is a sheer pleasure to listen to and Abbado brings out the very best of the London Symphony Orchestra. The two, orchestra and soloist, complement each other perfectly. The outstanding sound quality of this recording may in part be due to the fact that it was recorded at Wahthamstow Town Hall, in the outskirts of London. According to the CD notes, this recording location was specifically chosen because the hall's acoustics have a high reputation. Recommended without reservation, and with complete enthusiasm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful recording 17 April 2004
By Brenda Jo Mengeling - Published on
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I like Argerich's Rachmaninoff, so I thought to try her Chopin, and I was not disappointed. She plays the Chopin concerto with both verve and lilting melody. It is a delight to listen to. The orchestra is up to Argerich's standards, as is the quality of the recording. It was hard to believe that this was an analog recording from the 1960s. The music of the Chopin concerto was more to my taste than the Liszt, but I still liked it very much; they are a good pairing on the CD.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readings that combine imagination, charisma, and incredible technique 25 Feb 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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Is the ever comical David Hurwitz doing Argerich any good by saying that a more exciting pianist has never existed (has he heard Liszt in person)? Or that every one of her recordings is a prime recommendation (come now)? We get the idea that he likes her. These relatively early recordings of the Chopin and Liszt First Concertos are a pendant to her Prokofiev and Ravel with Abbado, two other brilliant recordings.

What makes me admire this CD is that neither work is first-rate, and both have achieved the status of tin-plated warhorses. Therefore, it takes something special to hold one's attetnion. Abbado's conducting is fine but not eye-opening. Argerich is a different matter: she plays with wonderful imagination and originality. There's barely a measure of music that doesn't sound new; she has the ability to draw you into her own inner world, making you feel that you are eavesdropping on art in the making. Needless to say, all the essential flash and fire are also in place. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chopin Piano Concerto 1 Marta Argarich 23 Sep 2009
By Jill Salter - Published on
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What a fantastic recording. Marta is such a fine pianist. This recording will drift you to another place, especially the second movement. Bliss!!
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