Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Martha Argerich Plays Chopin

This CD truly deserves its legendary status. It was recorded way back in 1965 at the start of what has turned out to be one of the most exciting and frustrating careers in history; exciting because Argerich is arguably the greatest pianist alive, and frustrating because she refuses to give solo recitals, preferring the support of friends and colleagues in chamber or orchestral concerts. That makes her rare solo outings all the more precious. This disc exactly duplicates her debut recital for DG, which release and subsequent exclusive contract forestalled EMI until now. Rumor had it that the EMI was better, and on the whole it is, though both are pretty exceptional by any standards. The differences are relatively minor, but include an even more brilliant response to the Polonaise in A-Flat, tighter rhythm in the Scherzo n° 3, and a few incidental touches in the Sonata n° 3 and elsewhere. Chopin lovers and fans of this artist certainly need no further recommendation. Now, if only she would record some new solo repertoire - we can only hope.
David Hurwitz,

Source :

Martha Argerich
The Legendary 1965 Recording


Frédéric Chopin

Piano Sonata n° 3 in B minor Op. 58
1 I. Allegro maestoso  8:45
2 II. Scherzo. Molto vivace  2:36
3 III. Largo  8:33
4 IV. Finale. Presto, non tanto  4:41

Three Mazurkas Op. 59
5 N° 36 in A Minor, Op. 59 n° 1  3:47
6 N° 37 in A-Flat Major, Op. 59 n° 2  2:49
7 N° 38 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 59 n° 3  2:58

8 Nocturne n°  in  F Maor, Op. 15 n° 1  3:34
9 Scherzo n° 3 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 39  7:01
10 Polonaise n°6 in A-Flat Major, Op. 53  6:35


Martha Argerich - p

Recorded at N° 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London ; June 23, 24 & 27, 1965


Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank tou. I wait for more Martha Argerich's records.

george said...

Very nice post!
Thank you a lot, Mel.

Frasco said...

Thanks Melanchthon! Heard her in one of her rare performances in our native land, a couple of years ago. Playing in duo always with one of our greatest pianists - Daniel Rivera. And yes, she never plays alone anymore.

Ariel said...

Many thanks for this album Melanchthon! I´m an Argerich fan, have the two Deutsche Grammophon box sets, but there are some crucial works i´m still mising, like this one. I read on her bio that she recorded Manuel de Falla´s "Noche en los jardines de España" sometime in the eighties. Do you have that album? It seems to be pretty rare...

woolfnotes said...

I just saw the film her daughter Stephanie made about her. It's called "Bloody Daughter". Highly recommended.

rowgatien said...

Thank you very much.