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One Of The Greatest Classical Music CDs. Acquire It!,
This review is from: Martha Argerich: Début Recital (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
I have just noticed three reviews and not one gives this legendary recital, paired as it is with Argerich's barnstorming account of the Liszt Sonata, a five-star rating.
This debut recital epitomises the legend that is Martha Argerich, containing music-making of such poetry and finesse alongside the now predictable witchcraft. If the Chopin scherzo isn't quite as demented as her Concertgebouw performance (EMI) I say that's all to the good, but take any old master you like, they won't surpass the magic of Argerich's Barcarole - my favourite Chopin moment. It's just too bad that there isn't more Brahms in her discography because the Rhapsodies Op.79 couldn't ask for a finer interpreter, such depth of feeling. For fun there is the virtuosity of the Toccata and Hungarian Rhapsody, but last on the bill, the main event
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor (tracks 8-18)
thought by many to be Argerich's finest hour in the studio. Dazzling from first note to last. Not even Brahms would have nodded off during this performance. I keep it alongside Pollini's godlike traversal and that, as they say, is that for Liszt's magnum opus.
Anything less than five stars simply will not do, and not to own this CD means your music collection has fallen short of greatness. Definitive performances throughout.