Live from the Concertgebouw, 1978 & 1979

Live from the Concertgebouw, 1978 & 1979

by Martha ArgerichMartha Argerich




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


  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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