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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto 1, 3; Bartok: Piano Concerto 3

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  • Performer: Martha Argerich
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000C2J8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Prokofiev No. 1, with its intense driving opening and closing and its dreamy slow movement, is one of the most spectacularly inventive works ever to be offered as a graduation exercise; the future Soviet conformist won the Rubinstein prize, but the press called for his incarceration as a lunatic; perhaps his finest concerto, the Piano Concerto No. 3, is a less flashy work, but even dreamier and even more delightful--Prokofiev could be a charmer when he wanted to. As could Bartók--his Third Concerto starts with experimental pyrotechnics of the sort we associate with its two predecessors, and moves in its finale, without betraying their radical promise, to a Romantic Big Tune to end all such. What these three concertos have in common--their combination of aggressive athletic solo writing with a bitter-sweet emotional content--is precisely what makes Martha Argerich one of their ideal interpreters. The sensitive intelligence of her playing is matched by its ruthless brilliance of sound and energy; Charles Dutoit's discreet management of orchestral sound make these very much soloist-dominated performances, unlike some recordings of the Prokofiev 1 and Bartók 3 where the temptations offered by the orchestration are too much for some conductors. --Roz Kaveney

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I bought this Martha Argerich CD to hear her playing of Bartok's Piano Concerto No.3, which she recorded along with Prokofiev's 1st and 3rd Piano Concertos for EMI in 1997. She does play the Bartok beautifully of course, but the real highlights are actually the two Prokofiev Piano Concertos and in particular the 1st. I do have other versions by Michel Beroff, Boris Berman and the recent Bavouzet Chandos recording, but it is Martha Argerich's that really stands out for me. Her stunning and sensitive playing throughout (especially the second movement) is very captivating to listen to along with sensitive accompaniment by Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Stunning playing by her as well in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3, again with Charles Dutoit and MSO. I do have her 1967 version of the 3rd Piano Concerto, which she did with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic for DG, and that is a fine recording but I do prefer this 1997 one for EMI.
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By Bill Glen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2014
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I cannot put this disc down. The fire and poetry of Argerich are self-evident and through my marantz system with Kef speakers the sound is rich in bass and crystal clear. One of the highlights in sound and of these wonderfully phrased readings is the second movement of Prokofiev's first concerto. This is a winning partnership between soloist, conductor and orchestra and I would also recommend their Chopin concerti disc.
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This is a wonderful CD - Argerich on top form, playing 3 of the finest 20th century concerti, with flawless support from Dutoit & the orchestra. The performance draws you in: brisk tempi, lively sound: the whole thing is compelling and uplifting. You'd be hard put to it to find better performances and presentation. Certainly amongst my all-time favourites.
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Although the playing and specially so, the Bartok piano concerto is "interesting" - the thing does not really "gel".
To wit:
This is a typical mild-EMI-Digital recording where the whole sound stage is placed far from the microphone (and in the playback, far away from the speakers) with the unavoidable result that the sound pressure level is lower than usual for a DDD recording, (curable by cranking up the volume), but this will not solve the problem of the overall veiled, somewhat misty sound devoid of presence and sparkle.
The Prokofiev concertos are pure "show-pieces": They were banished from the Queen Elisabeth Belgium International Piano competition in the last five years - for that only reason.
However, there is a lot of virtuosity and power needed to bring out the tone of these concetos.
This EMI recording does not comply with that.
A superb recording of the Prokofiev's piano concerto N0.2 and No.3 is available on CHANDOS Digital label with Gutierrez and the Concertgebouw under the baton of Neeme Jarvi.
Mind you:
The EMI recording can not hold a candle to the Chandos where the sound is upfront, dynamic, detailed, has the proportional perspective over the orchestra and the tutti-power of the orchestral climaxes.
The Chandos should be titled one of the best ever piano concerto recording of the Digital era not so the EMI/Argerich.
As such, I have endowed this EMI/Argerich effort with only two stars as it does not deserve any higher praise than that.
The Chandos Digital is the clear winner.
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A most lovely symphony played by the excellent pianist Martha Argerich.
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