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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth hearing, but one of Argerich's recordings are probably a better bet!, 17 July 2011
This review is from: Bartók: Sonata for 2 Pianos & Percussion Suite for 2 Pianos (Audio CD)
This inexpensive Warner Apex CD re-releases an Erato disc from 1993 Sonata for 2 Pianos and contains worthwhile recordings of two of Bartok's works. The Suite for 2 pianos comes from 1941 and the Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion - Bartok's undoubted chamber music masterpiece - from 1937. Whilst this is a well-recorded performance featuring two highly-regarded pianists with two good percussionists, some doubts remain about the accuracy of the latter (but that might not matter too much).

This being the case, if you are mainly looking for the sonata, you will most likely be better off purchasing one of Martha Argerich's recordings. As far as I can see, there are three of these, and I have them in the recent boxed sets Martha Argerich - The Collection 4 - Complete Philips Recordings and Martha Argerich - The Collection 3: Chamber Ensembles. The earliest is with Stephen Kovacevich Mozart / Debussy / Bartok [Piano Duets] from 1977, second from 1985 with Nelson Freire in the orchestral version Bartok - Concerto for 2 Pianos / Kodaly - Dances Of Galanta, and the third set is with Freire again from 1994 on Deutsche Grammophon Son 2 Pns.

Of course, Argerich isn't the only answer (Kocsis and Ranki are highly-regarded on Hungaroton, but I don't know that particular recording) and Pludermacher and Heisser are more than competent, but her recording with Kovacevich is most likely the better performance.

Certainly worth having as an alternative listen at Apex prices.
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