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Martha Argerich: The Début Recording [CD]

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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  • Performer: Martha Argerich
  • Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (1 Mar 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000IWVS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58 (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso 8:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58 (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (Molto vivace) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58 (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Largo 8:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58 (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto, non tanto) 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mazurka No. 36 in A Minor, Op.59 No. 1 (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mazurka No. 37 in A Flat, Op.59 No. 2 (1999 Digital Remaster) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mazurka No. 38 in F Sharp Minor, Op.59 No. 3 (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nocturne No. 4 in F, Op.15 No. 1 (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Scherzo No. 3 in C Sharp Minor, Op.39 (1999 Digital Remaster) 7:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Polonaise No. 6 in A flat 'Heroic' Op. 53 6:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed mazurkas 8 Nov 2008
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I can't imagine what the recording engineer thought when he heard Martha Argerich begin to play, although the CD notes give some description of his awe. Her playing is so intenstly imaginative, bold and absorbing. When she made this recording she was a young woman, and she must have known that her skills were rather unique. It is impossible to describe this disc adequately, you simply have to hear it. No other performer relishes the small Mazurkas like Argerich does here (what a pity there are only three!) Apparently she won a special award at the Chopin Piano Competition for her mazurka playing, and she fully deserved it. I have Rubinstein's recording of these works (also made in the mid '60s), and as good as it is, this stands head and shoulders above it.

The Nocturne, presumably also a part of Argerich's competition program, is like none other. The soft, gently melody at the opening actually gains something when played this quickly, and the stormy interlude is over before you know it has begun thanks to her extremely quick rendition. In the hands of any other performer this type of playing would probably massacre the Nocturne, but here it sounds so intense, so melancholy as to be beautiful. The Sonata is also excellent (although the somewhat boomy piano sound is a little hard to listen to at times here). The Polonaise is tossed off with aplomb, virtuosic sparks flying, and making a marvellous conclusion to a breathtaking release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power and passion (and poetry too) 1 Jan 2010
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In the absence of a full DVD or CD of Martha's winning programme in the 1965 Chopin piano competition, this is about as close as you can get to March 1965 (check out her performance of the op.53 polonaise on youtube!)
The performances are full of fire and passion, amazingly powerful for such a frail-looking young woman with (at that time) small hands, but poetry and introspection are also present when required.
The only slight downside is the recording, which compared to the DG take of a virtually identical programme a couple of years later, is a bit boomy and not 100% "clean" - one would have expected a little more from EMI, especially at Abbey Road.
That apart, one hell of a CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This disc, recorded in 1965, has previously been unreleased because of the exclusivity terms of Argerich's contract with DGG which followed on closely from these recording sessions. Argerich went on to record a disc for DGG which was very similar in content to this recording for EMI but it is arguable that this earlier disc captured the finer recital especially when it is now possible to compare the two side by side.

The piano sound on this EMI disc is very realistic and full toned. It is cut at a high level which makes the Abbey Road studio sound rather 'bigger' than normal giving the illusion of a large empty hall rather than the recording studio. The piano timbre has no trace of woodenness, only verging on slightly clangorous timbre at moments of greatest power. These issues can easily be tamed by slightly reducing the playback level. Whatever, the playing is of such splendour and gripping intensity that any quibbles over recorded sound perfection are completely negated by the musical results and their impact.

A generalisation can be made when comparing the DGG alternative with this slightly earlier set. It is often very difficult for artists to re-capture the spontaneity of first attempts even if later attempts may achieve greater technical perfection. Thus Argerich's EMI recital recorded on this disc has a freshness and spontaneity of expression that is not quite matched by the, admittedly fine, DGG alternative.

There is just a touch of hard driving about the sonata, scherzo and polonaise in the later DGG disc which is not present in this EMI predecessor. This current disc offers a typically crisp range of tempi, but it achieves that velocity, power and excitement without any trace of being over-driven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and it's not even lossless bit rate! 20 Feb 2013
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super programme - her playing of the Scherzo no.3 in C Sharp Minor alone pays for the purchase - at this price it's a must-have
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talent 17 May 2014
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Have really admired the piano playing and now have a few items of this artist. Also an excellent video of her available.
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