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Irresistible Chopin playing!,
This review is from: Martha Argerich - Chopin (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!