Live from the Concertgebouw, 1978 & 1979

Live from the Concertgebouw, 1978 & 1979

by Martha ArgerichMartha Argerich

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Overview

If you wonder why everyone's so crazy about Martha Argerich, this disc should explain it. Recorded live in recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in May 1978 and April 1979 -- but released here for the first time -- these performances reveal a pianist with a daredevil spirit and technique to burn. Surely Chopin's C-sharp Minor Scherzo has never been fired off with such dizzying speed and indomitable power. Even the quieter sections -- usually oases of nostalgic solace -- have dramatic urgency, and her final dash to the finish line is an adrenaline rush that will leave you breathless. Argerich's Bartók Sonata is a riot of pounding rhythms and bristling energy that makes the "Rite of Spring" seem well-behaved. But she's no jackhammer, either. Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata is just as impressive for its moments of lyrical intimacy as for its savage excitement. And Bach's C Minor Partita is elegantly austere and poised in her oh-so-capable hands. Alberto Ginastera's "Danzas Argentinas" -- one of the pianist's rare forays into music from her birthplace -- are vibrantly colored, with a magically delicate rendering of the melancholy "Danza de la moza donoza." An incendiary performance of one of Scarlatti's most dazzling sonatas and a spry, shapely rendition of the Bourée from Bach's A Minor English Suite make exquisite and exhilarating encores. Piano playing just doesn't get any better than this.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2000
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724355697523
catalogNumber: 56975

Tracks

  1. Partita for keyboard No 2 in C minor, BWV826
  2. Nocturne for piano in C minor, Op. 48/1, CT 120
  3. Scherzo for piano No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39, CT 199
  4. Sonata (1926), for piano, Sz. 80, BB 88
  5. Danzas argentinas, 3 pieces for piano, Op. 2
  6. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  7. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 141 (L. 422)
  8. English Suite for keyboard No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807: Bourée

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