This 1982 recording can be seen as primarily an important historical document in so far as it shows the main trio of Argerich, Maisky and Friere at a much earlier stage in their respective and combination careers than they are at now.
Much of the programme is familiar Argerich territory and is performed with typical sensitivity for the music and to each other as well as demonstrating sheer virtuosity. Indeed Argerich and Friere recorded the Rachmaninov and Ravel items for a fine CD at much the same time. That was a state-of-the-art recording of the period and still sounds well today. This DVD is not in the same class. Neither is the visual quality very good even for 1982. It all seems a bit amateurish including rather clumsy cut-off editing at the ends of pieces.
However, technical imperfections seem hardly the point here as all the performances are gripping or magical or both! There is no alternative to be bought of this combination of performers and music at this time and the technical side, although not good, is at least good enough to appreciate the wonderful artistry on offer. There is manufactured surround sound or the original stereo to choose from.
The Schumann Phantasiestucke is played with particular sensitivity by Maisky and Argerich and there are moments when the music seems to flow seamlessly, like water! The music will also be familiar to many in its oboe guise as this is an example of Schumann doing a bit of re-cycling to good effect.
The production has various historical and liner notes on screen but nothing on the printed sleeve liner other than adverts. This might be irritating to some but the consolation is that the notes are very thorough and well worth investigating.
The technical imperfections must have an effect on the final grading and for this issue I suggest 3 stars for recording quality, 5 stars for musical content and therefore an overall score of 4 stars for the purposes of Amazon.