Rome, February 9 2001. Auditorium of Santa Cecilia.
Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich & Berliner Philharmonic
via Microsoft Generator.
Soon after the Beethoven Concerto No 2, the radio reporter tries to
meet Argerich, in order to interview her. He says that she can't
speak to him at that moment, as she is surrounded by many people
and eating a box of chocolates with Abbado...
But she promises him she'll speak with him on the radio at the end of the
In the meantime, the reporter says that he met Argerich on the
morning, during the rehearsal. He says that she (very modestly)
asked him if she was playing too loudly. And, of course, he and
his colleagues reassured her that her playing was just perfect.
The concert was ended by Beethoven's third Symphony. And so,
finally, the reporter can meet her:
R. We've never seen such an audience enthusiasm
[as this one] for you, Ms. Argerich...
A. I've just heard, listened to the "Eroica" by
Maestro Abbado, which is such a thing...I am really stunned...
It is such a wonder...I've never heard...
R. [interrupting] Are you moved?
A. I am very moved, yes...there is a mixture of intensity and
sensitivity, which is something...[sighing] whole and this
is very rare...
R. Yes. We saw during the Beethoven Concerto a great
between you and the Maestro Abbado...
A. Did you? [surprised]. It's simple!: We always had a great
understanding!...I don't know...but nearly whenever I play with
him I feel as if I were being guided.
A. Yes, yes...I feel guided...
even, I am very nervous, and he does know it, and understands
[laughing] what to do...no?
R. When did this your friendship begin?
A. I met Claudio when I was 14 years old, in Vienna... because he
was a pianist at that time [laughing]!. He was also a pupil of
Friedrich Gulda, a little, in Salzburg, and so I knew him...and
I played for him the second piano part of the third Beethoven
Concerto, during the final of the course with Friedrich Gulda.
He played on that occasion because he was the best in that class!
Then I recorded my first disc with orchestra with him...with
Berliner...and it was his first disc as well...
R. The Beethoven Piano Concerto we heard this evening is
one of the less frequented, less performed ones...
A. It's true...
R. How is it possible?
A. Actually, it's the first (Beethoven) Concerto, this one you mean...
I don't know why people find it less interesting than others,
but I find it very interesting...I like it very much. The first
time I heard it was with Friedrich Gulda in Argentina... I do
like it...But, above all, I don't know what you think of it...
R. Oh, I like it very much, and moreover we've just heard it in
an extraordinary performance...
[At this point, the colleague of the reporter asks him to tell
Argerich that during the performance she gave them the same
emotion she felt with Abbado. But he doesn't know that Argerich
can hear what he says]
A. [laughing, embarrassed] Ha!...I heard you
R. But it's true!
A. Thank you...
Slight editing for idiom, by Andrys - don't blame Paolo